Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sculpted Paper Ornaments - Aparna Gupta

Always happy to hear from emerging artists, I've been looking forward to sharing with you Aparna Gupta's university project ever since she wrote to introduce herself a few months back. It seemed more timely to wait until autumn to post this collection of ornaments even though their uniquely elegant shapes make them suitable for year-round display, not only at Christmas time.

Sculpted Metallic Paper Ornaments

Aparna is a recent graduate of National Institute of Fashion Technology in Bangalore, India. These paper ornaments were her final project, designed during a four-month internship with Inmark Exports in Greater Noida, India.

Aparna Gupta Graduation Project - Sculpted Paper Ornaments
Final Project

Focusing on shapes that can be used for general occasions rather than Christmas specifically, she set out to create new ones, abstract in their own way, but derived from organic structures. Aparna first created an inspiration board consisting of images from nature that evoke a sense of warmth and happiness.

Sculpted Paper Ornaments

Curved fold models by Dr. David Huffman provided focus as Aparna set out to create a selection of ornaments from 230gsm metallic paper.

Sculpted Paper Round Ornaments

Curved crease folding best reflected the mood board images and gave her a competitive advantage in that it was a new technique for the company. Another strong positive was that her designs could be mass produced by machine.

Sculpted Paper Ornament Form Generation
Experimental Process

Sculpted Paper Two-Tone Ornaments

A time-consuming experimental process decided the final shapes. It consisted of selecting a form from sketches, making a mock-up, and lastly, creating samples. Each step examined the structure of an ornament from a design point of view, as well as production.

Sculpted Paper Angel Ornament

Sculpted Paper Diamond-Shaped Ornaments

Aparna is currently working with Inmark as a Product Designer, and is always on the lookout for collaborative opportunities in India and abroad. She can be reached via Behance.


Sathya said...

Wow...Awesome :)

Paper Zen said...

What a dream career! Love the quiet elegance of her work and that of Dr Huffman! I wish my brain worked like that. Thanks for showcasing their work Ann.

Anand Gupta said...

Awesome work... Keep it up.. (y)

Divya Deepak said...

Amazing!!! What a creative mind! Thanks for sharing Ann

Ann Martin said...

So glad you all enjoyed seeing Aparna's ornaments!

SUGANTHI said...

They all look so sweet!! The firm folded curves and how the two halves interlock is amazing!!

suebow said...

Fabulous work and hope one day we might get a tutorial . She has inspired me to try to take my paper crafts to another level .
Thanks for sharing

Ann Martin said...

I agree Suganthi, lots of thought and experimentation behind the designs!

Ann Martin said...

So glad you're inspired, suebow!

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful & elegant in their simplicity! Where can I order the kits?

Ann Martin said...

There are no kits that I'm aware of, Anon. Inmark is a wholesale supplier.

Nancy said...

These are lovely, as are many of the items on your site! Where can I find this metallic paper that folds so nicely? I find that a lot of scrapbook cardstock paper does not fold well, but I often needs something just a little sturdier than regular paper. Besides Castle in the Air, what other paper companies do you recommend?

Ann Martin said...

Nancy, some online quilling suppliers sell metallic sculpture paper sheets that are very nice quality. Email me if you wish ( and meanwhile I'll hunt around to see who currently carries the kind I've used.

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