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Papercuttings

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 4:17 AM
Papercutting is an art form that has been seen all over the world, adapted to regional styles based on cultures. It should come as no surprise that the Chinese have the earliest forms of papercutting currently known to us as the 'ancestor to paper' has been found in China. This was dated as far back as 2nd century B.C. and is considered as important as their discovery of printmaking, gunpowder and the compass.

It's your life.(paper cutting) by Thessatoria
Thessatoria's It's Your Life

Naturally as paper spread throughout the world this art form evolved, spreading all over the Far East through to the Middle East. For example Japanese Kirigami where origami folds are cut and Indian Sanjhi

This art form is popular to this very day, take renowned British artist Rob Ryan, which I am sure many of you here would have at least seen his work before! His work has been seen printed over everything you can think of, kitchenware, clothes, books and probably more!

Wall tapestry made from Rob Ryan's work. 

Papercutting or just papercraft  will take the shape and form of whatever culture and history paper exists in at the time. Its influence as an artform transcends well beyond it's roots as it's aesthetics and variety of styles have become objects of desire and beauty. I'll leave you with this, a little gem I found this year. An advert created by Dutch artist Rogier Wieland to advertise the new Moleskine Planners.

Roger Wielands Moleskine Planner animation

Source: www.misterrob.co.uk, rob-ryan.blogspot.co.uk, www.unesco.org/culture/ich/ind…


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:iconwindklang:
Windklang Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The video is aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabsolutely cool!
A new fav really :D

Thanks for sharing this article (and the video :D )
Mel
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Don't mention it, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Digital Artist
this is so awesome
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :3
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cakecrumbs Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
That video is positively captivating. Great article. :clap:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you I@m glad you enjoyed it! :D
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ditto9 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
(Oh and one of my favourite paper cut out artists is ~SayonaraRolling [link])
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
<3
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ditto9 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
THAT MOLESKINE ADVERT oh my word, the T-rex just got me right in the animation heart.
I looove paper cut-out, it's actually my favourite style of animation~
Great article!
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks very much! Whilst you're still over there buy yourself some cheap books with paper cuttings. I can't remember which shop it was but I got loads of booklets back with real paper cuttings cheap! :3
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