[photos courtesy of Rebecca Hannon]
Rebecca Hannon is well traveled and well versed at transforming her found inspirations into striking and unique pieces.
Her signature piece, Camino, visually signifies her 2002 summer-long pilgrimage across â€œCamino de Santiagoâ€ in Spain.
Hannon would walk 500 miles, and she did; each day collecting a stand-out leaf or flower, pressing, tracing and cutting it out of journal paper.
Upon returning home, the 40 day visual record was translated into a continuous piece of rubber; a dynamic yet delicate neckpiece whose inherent chain exhibits as a â€œgood metaphor for a slow walk, lines on a map, stems and roots on a plant, connections of experience.â€
Like the Camino chain, discovering/rediscovering comparable â€œcuttingâ€ artists/designers takes on a progressionâ€¦each piece and artist leading to the next, becoming a visual journey through scale and material. Each one connected to the last through technique, form or conceptâ€¦and in general holeâ€“y awesomeness + wondrousness.
[photos courtesy of Josee Bienvenu Gallery]
Noriko Ambe, Japanese artist, makes a career of cutting atlases, sketchbooks and many layered paper/books.
Like typology topography, hmm
[photos courtesy of Su Blackwell]
A sense of wonderment and fantasy; again achieved with the delicate art of paper cutting via Su Blackwell. The intricate concentration of forms and three-dimensional play of positive negative space visually suggests that these figures and scenes have been waiting to escape from the respective booksâ€™ confines. Anyone who uses Alice in Wonderland as an art medium is good in my book.
[photos courtesy of Peter Callesen]
Danish artist Peter Callesen does amazing work with large and small-scale paper. Beauty and decay is amalgamated and explored as he works two to three dimensionally.
Who knew papercuts could be so nice?…
[photos courtesy of FritzHansen]
Interplay of form, shape and space [welcome to Design Fundamentals] remains to be all the rage in Interior and Industrial design alikeâ€¦
FritzHansen launched the RIN chair this year, by Japanese born gone-London/Sweden-residing Hiromichi Konno. Combining the organic lines and forms found in both Japanese and Danish modern design, this chair is elegant and modern. The word â€œRINâ€ translates to an appearance that is bold and stunning, as well as a â€œsingle flower.â€
[photos courtesy of Melissa]
Melissa, the mod sustainable Brazilian shoe line, often teams up with talented design minds to create shoes whose silhouettes are unhindered by the [fully recyclable] injected melflex mono plastic they utilize.
These lovelies are the product of teaming with Zaha Hadid, architect extraordinaire who consistently employs cut forms and positive/negative space in her world-renowned interiors and exteriors. Not surprising how easily these forms translate from architecture to fashion.
[photos by Giovanni Giannoni]
London based Louise Goldin describes her style as â€œinnovative, futuristic and luxurious,â€ and lists her inspirations as â€œEskimos, the Arctic and Mars.â€ Sweet, enough said.
[photos courtesy of Artecnica]
Predictable this may be, but itâ€™s near sac[design]religious to mention the art of material-cutting sans mentioning Tord Boontje.
His 2009 collection for Artecnica is simply enchanting.
â€¦puts my snowflake and paper doll art circa childhood to shame.