Two Paper Art Shows: The Nature of Money and Paper Heroes

Longtime readers will remember that each year about this time we have the opportunity to admire a new paper sculpture collection by Seattle artist Patty Grazini. Flowers, birds, butterflies and insects figure into the remarkable pieces that she meticulously crafts with much thought and skillful precision.

Paper Money Bird Sculpture
 Living with Nature (detail - head) 
overall height 10 inches

The relationship between money and nature is the theme I have chosen for my work this year. I have used money from all over the world to cut and create shadow boxes, and also a few three-dimensional pieces. 

Paper Bird Sculpture
 Living with Nature (detail - feet)
 overall height 10 inches

While working on this group, I found myself thinking about the beauty of the natural environment and its breakdown for profit.

Paper Flowers Sculpture
height 8 inches

Most of my recent work has been three-dimensional and freestanding. Assembling my work in shadow boxes has been challenging in some ways, but very enjoyable. Another departure for me was using only paper money.

Paper Money Sculpture male figure
Man and Nature
11 inches x 7 inches

I had cut and used money previously in combination with other papers, but never exclusively. I have also been a bit surprised and inspired seeing the beautiful graphics and colors.

Paper money floral sculpture
9 inches x 5 inches

The Nature of Money opens on Saturday, November 18 at Curtis Steiner 5349 Ballard Ave NW in Seattle, Washington. Each piece is for sale. She is on Instagram and Facebook.

Wet-Fold Origami by Daniel Chang - Facing His Penance
Daniel Chang, Germany
Facing His Penance
wet-fold origami
20cm x 30cm x 5cm

Origami artist Ilan Garibi is back with another show that features a variety of paper artists and techniques, Paper Heroes. Previously, he curated Paper Creatures.

Quilled Dog by Emilie Fatel
 Emilie Fatel, Israel
30cm x 40cm

The show at the Jaffa Museum, 10 Mifratz Shlomo Street, in Old Jaffa, Israel includes the work of three dozen paper artisans from around the world. It is open through December 30, 2017.

Origami by Yara Yagi - Batman
Yara Yagi, Brazil
30cm x 15cm x 5cm

From the Paper Heroes title, it's certain that each art piece is a depiction of the creator's personal interpretation of heroism, whether via paper cutting, quilling, origami or sculpture.

Paper Cutting by Suhail Shaikh - The Makings of My Hero
 Suhail Shaikh, France
The Makings of My Hero
3D paper cutting
 35cm x 35cm x 20cm

All of the works are new in 2017.

Origami by Nguyen Hung Cuong - Fly High, Dreamers!
 Nguyễn Hùng Cường, Vietnam
Fly High, Dreamers!
10cm x 10cm x 30cm

Each time an email from Ilan lands in my inbox, I know it will tell me something of interest! This time it was a doubleheader, as another new venture of his is the opening of an Etsy shop. There you'll find his spectacular hand folded origami jewelry, made not with paper, but with high quality metals. Have a look at Garibi Origami.

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