Pattern puzzle: fold illustration

Simon Schubert is a paper artist extraordinaire. Some of his work is comprised of project installations of three dimensional mixed media sculptures but I was drawn to his method of illustration via paper folds. This sample is the least complex I found. I can’t imagine how many hours it’d take to “draw” something like this (right).

I can’t speak for you but I’d be hard pressed to do this with a pencil, ruler and eraser. My masterpiece would look more like this (source):

yeah me!

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  1. LisaB says:

    I looked through these just yesterday. I was especially fascinated by those that had mirrors… and mirrors within mirrors! They are mind-boggling.

  2. Marlene Sevacherian says:

    Hey Kathleen, Don’t be so fast to knock your art. At first glance, I thought it was a flower.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Marlene, you give me too much credit. The most I put into that “art” was searching google images for “paper wad”. Speaking of, how natty of me not to cite the source. ~sigh~

    Amitai, I sure was hoping someone would add some interesting paper links. Thanks! Those are fabulous, more paper fashion.

  4. Lisa B. in Portland says:

    I have always love paper craft and paper cuttings. My mom used to make the Polish wycinanki (she’s not Polish, just likes it, I guess). I got her some of the thin fadeless colored-on-one-side paper to make more. I made 2 “paintings” that are watercolor backgrounds with black paper silhouettes glued on. My former school had in the library this book about making pop up stuff, from really simple, like you make accordion folds then cut part of it and fold that the other way, to as complex as Simon Schubert’s.

    (I just ordered the Handford patternmaking book. Yay!)

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