…the art of paper folding

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Having a potter around the web this afternoon, I came across the work of Michigan-based artist Matthew Shlian who uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture from folded paper to wonderfully sculptural effects! His series of intricate paper sculptures are cut and meticulously constructed by hand as part of a process that involves more maths and technical know-how than you expect an artist to claim to.  Actually, he describes himself more accurately as a paper engineer, and described his works as this:

Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian’s work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design, though he frequently finds himself collaborating with a cadre of scientists and researchers who are just now recognizing the practical connections between paper folding and folding at microscopic and nanoscopic scales.

To get a better idea of how he constructs his art, check these videos out. You can also find him speaking at a 2010 TEDx talk.

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