So what do you get a graphic designer for Christmas? There are millions of answers for that, but if you know one that has an expressed passion for typography, fonts, and all things type, you might want to get them “Typeflakes*”.
Typeflakes are laser cut from beech wood and come in a variety of available font. Designed by Leon Bahrani and available through Big Cartel these will set you back £14.99, but they are so worth it. Each Typeflake* sheet containins 18 precision-cut Christmas tree decorations in a variety of sizes measured in points. They are limit edition so you might want to act fast
– Limited edition
– 265mm x 380mm x 3mm Beech Plywood
– Contains 18 individual Typeflakes*
– Pre-cut holes for inserting string or ribbon
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.