Archive for September, 2009

I got a Papercut

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

I recently received a pleasant surprise in the mail. One of my favorite paper artists, Matthew Shlian, has just released his latest self-published title, Papercuts. This cool papercraft book has over 15 models that you can copy, cut and create. The templates are well laid out and include some instructions and smaller diagrams to identify all those little cuts and folds. The designs range in complexity but should not take more than an hour to build. The characters are quirky and make a welcome addition to a few of the other papercraft collections that have hit the shelves this year.
I was able to get a sneak peek of some of these critters a few months ago when Matthew asked me and a select group of designers to adapt and design some additional papercraft figures that are included in the accompanying bonus disc. Drawing inspiration from his Chef and Sasquatch designs, I developed my first two papercraft designs.

Papercut Models

Radiohead is a classic cathedral radio from the 1930s. Twist his nose dial to change the frequency and watch his eyes roll around in his head.

Pinhead comes with adjustable arms and four different moods allowing you to customize and build ten pins before knocking them over in a few frames of desktop bowling.

If you are interested in these little guys and many more fun papercraft projects, the signed Papercuts books can be purchased directly from Matthew’s excellent website.


The Legend of Zela

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Scissors: Pop-up Postcard

Today is the opening of the Scissors: Pop-up exhibition at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery. You may remember some of the details from my Call for Entries post in June.

I made a small contribution to this show, possibly the smallest in the world.


The Legend of Zela portrays the epic tale of a battle between Julius Caesar and Pharnaces II that took place in 47 B.C. Quoting from his now famous decree- “I came, I saw, I conquered” the book carries the reader from Caesar entering northern Turkey, sizing up his main rival from Pontus, and defeating him at the hilltop town of Zela. This miniature pop-up book, measuring a half inch tall by a quarter inch wide, is the result of my pursuit to share big personalities, events or monuments in a small format. To my knowledge, The Legend of Zela is the smallest pop-up book ever created. This title was created in July of 2009 using inkjet printing on heavyweight photo paper, and is an edition of five for each day of the one-sided battle.

This little guy is in good company as I recognized works from Maria Winkler, Shawn Sheehy and Matthew Shlian (that’s a detail of his work on the postcard above!) The exhibition is on display until Halloween and if anyone visits the gallery be sure to snap a few photos and send them to me and I will upload them on the blog.