Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Revisiting Benja Harney of Paperform

Benja Harney is an Australian talent whose creative paper sculptures were featured way back in the early days of this blog. Look at what he's been up to lately!

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A 'blush’ of flamingos created for the Animal Collective Nouns exhibition at Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

Benja studied graphic design at university and while taking a paper construction course, rediscovered a childhood love of paper. Recently he left the work-a-day world to devote all of his time to paper engineering - not a bit surprising considering the success he's had creating for companies such as Hermes, Smirnoff, Telstra, McDonalds, and Yahoo, along with designing magazine covers and store window displays.

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Pegasus

Last year Benja collaborated on a Warner Music limited edition pop-up book titled The Goddess Edition, as a celebration of singer Kylie Minogue's Aphrodite World Tour. He flew to Hong Kong to present the finished prototype in person to Kylie before one of her concerts. See some lovely photos of that meeting on Benja's site, Paperform. Pegasus and The Lotus are two of the elaborate pop-ups created for the book; The Lotus was designed to hold Kylie's CD.

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The Lotus

Finally, I know you'll enjoy this Slashies article and video in which Benja is interviewed in his studio, which happens to be unsurprisingly chock-full of colorful paper creations!


9 comments:

  1. Amazing work. I just love that something as simple and everyday as a sheet of paper can become something so extraordinary.

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  2. So pleased you re-shine the light on Harney. Marvelous work.

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  3. The video is so inspiring. His pop up creations are so incredible and the insects so life like. Thanks for sharing .

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  4. Dear Ann,
    I wish you a very happy Springtime,begging with this 1st March!
    Thanks a million for presenting this special creations,so amazing,so unreal sometimes -the video sent me in a world of beauty creations and it was like a fantastic trip I loved sooo much!
    hugs,aureliaeugenia

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  5. Benja is a master of paper and fellow auzzie.
    Licia Politis

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  6. I was honestly almost brought to tears by his interview. So much of what he said resonated with me. Thank you for featuring such inspiring people!

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  7. benja's work is awesome. also - kylie minogue is amazingly gorgeous! i just love her. how cool that he got to meet her!

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