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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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ditto9 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
;o; Oh I should definitely look for some!
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Definitely, they're quite cheap and make nice gifts for people too. ;P
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20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Very interesting!:)
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you liked it! :D
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20Tourniquet02 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
:huggle:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
omg how many moleskines had to die for that :noes: :fear:

srsly tho, very amazing! moleskine makes some amazing stop trick motion commercials :la:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Well obviously they don't use real ones, they use human ones instead. >_>

Yeah I love that animation, the amount of work that would have gone into it.. :faint:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:lmao: yeah, we got enough of humans, a few less won't matter that much :meow:

Yeah, cutting them all out, moving them, taking a pic every ~1/25th of a second… craaaaazy. but worth it! :la:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha yeah, they cut it out at first but then when they got the main designs doing that, they put it through to computer to do laser cutting. It's still a load of work though. :faint:
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I am glad they still do this "by hand". It would be a shame if wonderful animations like that just disappeared :la:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Absolutely, but this could only have happened because of a craft. ;)

So it's sort of like where traditional meets technology. :D
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
So beautiful! :faint:
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Totally agree! Struggled to find examples because so much out there is awesome! :V
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L0NE-W0lf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh yes I've seen this, it's incredible, starting off with cuts then working them all out and laser cutting. Good grief! :V
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Stunning examples ^^
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kingmancheng Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D
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