hand cut paper

Hina Aoyama’s Mind Blowing Hand Cut Paper Illustrations.

When I came across these images this morning I was simply blown away. I have seen a ton of ultra detailed laser cut paper over the course of my career. I work for a company that has perfected it, but this takes it to a whole new level. Why is this on a different level? Well because this was all cut by hand. That’s right, cut by hand, as in pick up a pair of scissors and put shears to paper.

These astonishing images were created by Japanese artist Hina Aoyama with a simple pair of scissors. Based in Ferney Volaire, France, Aoyama’s are simply amazing. The level of intricate detail in each piece is masterful in its own right. I have no idea how long it takes her to produce one of these, but I do know she must possess the patience of Job. I wish there was a video source of her actually creating one of these. I am completely fascinated by the level of detail in them, and I’d love to see how she makes this stuff. Be sure and click the link to her site, and check out the Flickr slide show for even more examples of her work.

Design Friday. Hellen Musselwhite’s Paper Vision.

Use of bold color, strong graphic lines and familiar images help define Manchester England artist, Helen Musselwhite’s visually appealing illustrations. Made from hand cut and folded paper each piece is built to fit inside of a box frame, developed using multiple layers that create complex and refined images that are visually stunning.

According to an interview with Creative Review, Musselwhite began working with paper because she mistakenly thought it would be faster and easier than painting. She also liked the flat continuous tones of the paper surfaces she works with.

Her pieces are for the most part fairly small, with the frames coming in at about 5 inches square, and 2 inches deep on average, although she has created images as large as 24 by 30 inches in size. The small-scale of most of her work adds one more layer of amazement for me, especially when you look at the level of detail in some of her works. Recently she has begun to work in complete three-dimensional space developing a number of pieces that are held inside glass bell jars. One of the things that Musselwhite would like to do in the future is work on a large-scale project, like film or theater sets, which I could completely see. Her work has an immersive quality to it, and on the grand scale f a theater set her audience could be completely drawn in.

Her works are inspired by nature, from the things she sees while walking her dogs in the semi-suburban location of her home in Manchester. Living close to the country side she is inspired by the changing of the seasons, the shapes, colors and sounds of world around her.

Base sketch for "The Number Tree".

The artist studio in Manchester.

"The Number Tree", finished.