A cut above the rest

[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 “Camino de Santiago” 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 “good metaphor for a slow walk, lines on a map, stems and roots on a plant, connections of experience.”

Like the Camino chain, discovering/rediscovering comparable “cutting” artists/designers takes on a progression…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 concept…and in general hole–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 books’ 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 alike…

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 “RIN” translates to an appearance that is bold and stunning, as well as a “single flower.”

[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 “innovative, futuristic and luxurious,” and lists her inspirations as “Eskimos, the Arctic and Mars.” Sweet, enough said.

[photos courtesy of Artecnica]

Predictable this may be, but it’s near sac[design]religious to mention the art of material-cutting sans mentioning Tord Boontje.
His 2009 collection for Artecnica is simply enchanting.

Oh Tord…
…puts my snowflake and paper doll art circa childhood to shame.

Guest Writer