Inspirational Paper Engineering

A guest post by Susie Francis who writes for affordable leaflets

Paper engineering is something you might only think is relevant to children – for example, in the form of pop-up picture books or basic paper aeroplanes. In actual fact, paper engineering can be a spectacularly creative art form, with the power to create a real wow factor.

Paper art originated in Ancient Japan as origami, but is getting more and more popular in today’s world. It can be seen all around the globe, and is even on display in some of the most prestigious galleries and museums.

The things a talented paper engineer can do are extraordinary – ranging from minimalist artwork, to exquisitely detailed designs. Below are 5 unique, interesting and frankly amazing examples of modern paper engineering.

Benja Harney

Benja Harney is an artist located in Sydney, Australia, his work above is simply stunning. Based on a traditional English tea-party it is realistic and looks delicious, despite being wholly created with paper. His impressive work is funky, unique and literally appears good enough to eat… even the paper tea in the cup looks drinkable.

Benja Harney paper enginnering

Lydia Crook

Lydia Crook, based in Lewes, Sussex, creates pop-up books and paper carvings. Her work above is original, illustrative and looks as if it has just popped out of a story book. The subtle blue silhouette creates lovely shadow effects because of the cut-out technique used by the artist.

Lydia Crook paper engineering

Su Blackwell

Sue Blackwell is based in London and she clearly takes the term ‘pop-up’ book to a new level. As the image shows, she is able to turn the book itself into a work of paper art. This work, entitled “The Fairy Tale Princess: Seven Classic Stories from The Enchanted Forest” is altogether magical, mysterious, and intricately designed. You can almost imagine a tiny paper princess locked away in the turreted castle.

Su Blackwell paper artist

Jen Stark

This magnificent, brightly coloured piece by American artist Jen Stark is undeniably eye-catching. Made with paper, wood, glue and foam board, and entitled Cosmic Distortion, this is a more abstract paper-engineered creation. It is frankly amazing how Stark produces such exquisite yet vibrant sculptures with paper.

Jen Stark paper sculpture

Love Paper Flowers – Jennifer Bennett

Artist Jennifer Bennett from Blackpool, UK, creates more practical art which is equally stunning. She uses paper engineering to make bridal bouquets and gifts inspired by flowers. This delicate bouquet of purple, yellow and cream flowers is created entirely using paper-based products. Each one is realistic, imaginative and made with undeniable patience.

Jennifer Bennett Paper flowers

As you can see, paper engineering requires infinite amounts of skill, patience and most importantly imagination. Creations range from wall art and pop-up books to huge sculptures. No doubt the popularity of this impressive and exciting form of art will continue to grow, pushing boundaries by challenging the limitations of paper as a material.

This post was written by the content writers at affordable leaflets.

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One Comment

  1. Posted July 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Great pictures is an excellent work, epecially Jen Stark and Love Paper Flowers by Jennifer Bennett.
    The key is practice, focus and patience.

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