Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pop-Up Paper Art - Half a Cup of Tea

Glory of Hong Kong has long been fascinated with pop-up construction. She set about learning how to do it by studying instruction books and paper engineering tricks. Obviously, hard work pays off... just look at the detail she cut and folded into this little scene. Altitude series: Mansion on Cliff

I love the story of how Glory decided to make miniatures her specialty... after practicing for hours on end and using loads of scrap paper, she noticed her cuts were becoming smaller and smaller in order to save paper. She wisely realized this gave a unique quality to her designs and has kept it as her signature style.The idea for adding the LED lighting that casts such a wondrous glow came about by accident. One evening after practicing, she set the paper cut she'd been working on upon her scanner. In the darkened room, the blue scanner light beautifully brought the illuminated cut-out to life.Altitude series: Mountain Village

Mountain Village is her most difficult cutting to date, but also her favorite. It's a detailed fairyland of many tiny houses with windows; some have doors and even doorknobs. There are also mountains, a rising moon, a church, birds, and 99 steps! Except for the moon, the entire sculpture is constructed from a single piece of paper.To give you an idea of just how tiny these scenes are, Ahoy Matey measures all of 3 inches x 3 inches with a 1.6 inch depth. Table for Two series: Ahoy Matey

Visit Half a Cup of Tea [edit: no longer available] to see more of Glory's miniatures.


  1. My cup of tea, too! I love her miniatures. They are so intricate.

  2. That is amazing work.

  3. I never ceases to amaze me what can be done with a sheet of paper or parts of it in the hands of an artist! Thank you for sharing these wonderful and inspiring paper artists.

  4. I love this! The mountain village one is spectacular, and is even more amazing because it is out of a single piece of paper. Wow.


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