We’ve seen numbers of paper crafts here and there, but the pieces that you’re gonna find here are absolutely meticulous.
Matthew Shlian, a paper engineer as what he describes himself, is truly an artist, a designer, and an engineer. His works are not just ordinary paper crafts but are intricately geometric sculptures.
Having a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University (2002) and a master from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2006), Shlian has spent 15 years making art for literally no money or recognition at all. However, his great effort finally paid off. Matt is now in a position where people want to have his works in shows, in their business or their homes.
Shlian’s static and kinetic sculptures have led him to numerous clients and projects including Apple, P&G, MoMA, Google, Vogue, Christian Dior and other big names in various industries.
But collaborating with the scientists at the University of Michigan could be one of the most exciting projects he got. Shlian and the scientists work on the nanoscale by translating paper structures into micro folds. Their researches include visualizing cellular division and solar cell development.
He doesn’t look at a specific thing to create the artwork. His starting point is often based on curiosity as what he described below.
“My process is extremely varied from piece to piece. Often I start without a clear goal in mind, working within a series of limitations. For example, on one piece I’ll only use curved folds or make my lines this length or that angle etc. Other times I begin with an idea for movement and try to achieve that shape or form somehow. Along the way, something usually goes wrong and a mistake becomes more interesting than the original idea and I work with that instead. I’d say my starting point is curiosity; I have to make the work in order to understand it. If I can completely visualize my final result I have no reason to make it- I need to be surprised.”
Words definitely could not express what he has created, so let’s just browse through some of his works below.
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