Monday, May 23, 2016

Op Art Papercuts - Crissy Tioseco

Multitudes of paper cutters do incredible work... there simply aren't enough weeks in the year to feature all those whose designs I would like to share. These examples by Crissy Tioseco of Vancouver, British Columbia caught my eye because she incorporates something special into her papercuts...

Ninja Blade 2 Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

... illusional dimension. Many of Crissy's pieces are throwbacks to 70's op art that fool the eye with depth and movement created via perfectly cut and spaced lines.

Grid Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

I asked Crissy to tell us about herself and her art path so far.

I've always been interested in art and design, but I never did anything serious with it growing up. As a psychology student, I lived with three design students and was exposed to that environment a lot. It led to watercolor painting, pottery, screen printing, drawing, writing, teaching art, etc., as I tried to find the creative outlet that worked best for me. Around seven years ago while making a card for a friend, I began playing around with a cutting knife and now I'm here, a self-taught paper cutter.

Linear Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

It has only been in the last couple of years that I've started to push myself and take my work seriously. I set a personal goal to put on a show, as I wanted to see my pieces displayed somewhere other than in my own home... I spent the year slowly building up to that and now my work is on display in the heart of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver.

Op Art Circular Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

Because I don't have a strong background in the arts, I'm still discovering a lot of new things. I love what I do and I'm lucky to have found the right outlet that works best for me. I've been playing around with different ideas, but still staying true to what I love...paper and cutouts. I'm currently trying different techniques such as 3D cutouts that can be arranged in a multitude of ways and layered with different colors. So far I've been really pleased.

Dimensional Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

I plan to continue challenging myself and hopefully one day I can be a full time paper artist. One can dream! But for now I'm having fun creating things and immersing myself in the world of paper to see where it takes me. Paper is so flexible and there is so much you can do with it that I'm excited to discover ways I can incorporate my cutouts into other forms of paper art like origami, sculpture and more.

Layered Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

What is it about paper cutting that attracts you?

Several reasons... I love that paper is both so delicate, but at the same time surprisingly sturdy. It's also a methodical and repetitive motion that makes it very meditative. I like the idea that the same motion can form a multitude of patterns and designs, and that it's also permanent. Once the cut has been made there is no going back. If you mess up, you either have to start again or be quick on your toes and make changes on the spot. It takes a lot of planning and it is a true test of my patience. Ironically, I am quite an impatient person when it comes to wanting to see results... this is what pushes me harder to make and finish my pieces. I keep cutting because I am too excited and cannot wait to see how the design turns out.

Illusion Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

What are your favorite materials and tools? People always like to hear about what works well for others.

What's great about paper cutting is that you don't need a lot to do it. The essential stuff is paper, a pen or pencil, and a self-healing cutting mat. I like to use an X-acto knife with #11 blades. This is my usual work setup:

Crissy Tioseco's Paper Cutting Essentials

Whether I work from home, a shared office space or am just traveling, I always bring these things with me. You never know when inspiration will hit.

What types of designs are your favorite to create? Along with your illusion cuts, you've shared quite a few florals on Instagram, but also other images that are eye-catching. I noticed people have been clamoring for you to design tattoos.

Floral Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

I draw inspiration from almost everything, but mostly from nature and the outdoors. I had a big flower phase which slowly progressed from literal flowers to more abstract botanical designs. I'm fascinated with how there is a natural logic to nature and if you look closely enough you can see patterns and repetition in almost anything. My show A Natural Sort of Logic was based on this concept.

Paper Cut Kayakers by Crissy Tioseco

I especially like that some of your designs are simple everyday moments viewed from an interesting perspective.

Paper Cut Girl by Crissy Tioseco
What's next for you?

I'm focused on new designs and setting up a shop on my website, as well as an Etsy shop. I welcome inquiries about creating commissioned pieces.

Circular Paper Cutting by Crissy Tioseco

Crissy Tioseco blogs and is on Instagram, Facebook and Society6. Her first show wraps up today at Kafka's in Vancouver, but I'm positive we'll be seeing more of her art exhibited elsewhere soon.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Tissue Paper Sculpture - Patricia Chemin

Paper artists are often full of surprises. Case in point is today's featured artisan, Patricia Chemin, who lives in the Brittany region of France. She has been working almost exclusively with tissue paper for the past nine years... yes, ordinary tissue paper. Who would imagine it could be turned into objects of such beauty?

Tissue Paper Bowl by Patricia Chemin

Monday, May 9, 2016

Paper Jewelry Artisan Round Up - Part 2

Yes, it's another jewelry extravaganza... not surprisingly, Part 2 turned out to be as much fun to put together as Part 1! I'm sure there will be a Part 3 before long because I continually come across creatives who turn paper into eye-catching art. Although most people think paper isn't strong enough to be worn as jewelry, it is the rare piece that can't handle the task of simply swinging from an earlobe or hanging around one's neck.

Jen & Tonic Paper and Leather Earrings and Necklace

Monday, May 2, 2016

Realistic Bird Sculptures from Paper & Wood - Zack Mclaughlin

I've been a fan of the beautiful 3D bird sculptures created by London artist Zack Mclaughlin ever since being introduced to them via Colossal about a year ago. Zack's Paper & Wood Instagram feed is a delight as he often shares in-progress shots and talks about the process of making these highly detailed creatures.

Paper and Wood Long Tailed Hummingbird Sculpture
Hummingbird

Monday, April 25, 2016

Remarkably Dense Paper Quilling by Lisa Nilsson - Jardin

Lisa Nilsson, whose Tissue Series, Angelico, Red Rug and Binding have wowed the art and design worlds in recent years, has created two new pieces. Today I am featuring Jardin... stay tuned for another equally breathtaking example of Lisa's Japanese mulberry paper and gilt-edged paper quillwork that will be highlighted in an upcoming post.

Jardin by Paper Artist Lisa Nilsson
Jardin
22 inches x 29 inches

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mayumi Origami Jewelry - Giveaway

 Congratulations to Lilli Blackburn, giveaway winner!

I first featured Renata Mayumi's sophisticated Mayumi Origami Jewelry almost two years ago in this post, and am delighted she is offering a giveaway in time for Mother's Day. Renata's array of geometric designs continues to expand, and I'm in constant admiration of the unique findings she uses to create each piece.... for example, these stylish Spike necklaces.

Mayumi Origami Jewelry - Cube Necklaces

Monday, April 11, 2016

Apple Seed Paper Cuts - English Coast and Countryside Scenes by Sarah King

There are so many paper cutters who do marvelous work... I come across new people daily and feel almost guilty focusing on just one at a time. It's hard to resist Sarah King's cheerfully detailed English village and seaside scenes as seen at Apple Seed Paper Cuts.

A Day in the Country by Apples Seed Paper Cuts
 A Day in the Country

Thursday, April 7, 2016

25 Years of Works in Paper - Helen Hiebert

As a longtime admirer of the many ways Helen Hiebert contributes to the world of paper, when I read that she would soon be celebrating via a twenty-five year career retrospective, I knew it would be an ideal time to interview her here. In addition to publishing a catalog, Helen has an exhibition opening in Michigan tomorrow night that features a new installation. She'll tell us more about those things and more...

Congratulations on your silver anniversary, Helen! What piqued your interest in paper initially?

I spent a year at an art school in Mainz, Germany during college, where I took a class about paper as an art medium. This course opened my eyes to the potential of paper: we built furniture from cardboard, constructed pop-up books and made recycled handmade paper to name a few techniques. I became intrigued with the way that a single sheet of paper could be manipulated into a variety of forms.

Cosmology up close
Cosmology, an artist’s book created from one sheet of paper that is cut and folded into this form

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