It may not sound like it, but paper is one of the most versatile art materials available. Not only can you draw on it, but you can also cut it out for collages or fold it into realistic sculptures, but thanks to artists who are reinventing the medium, we can now also combine paper with machine algorithms or even create a new one. kind of “engineered” origami.
Paper can be made into all kinds of art-worthy things, and Makerie Studio’s Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft are yet another creative duo exploring the imaginative possibilities of how paper can be cut, assembled and delicately arranged. into delicious works of art inspired by nature.
The couple divide their time between New York, London and Oslo. They met ten years ago while they were both studying graphic design at the University of Bath in the UK. The two soon became friends and began to transcend the two dimensions of art by experimenting with different methods of creating three-dimensional works of art.
The two continued their creative collaboration after college. One of their first major joint efforts was to make a paper sculpture of a peacock, inspired by an intricately bound volume of Persian poems known as The Great Omar. Sadly, this precious, jeweled book was lost in the ill-fated sinking of the Titanic in 1912. More fortunately, Wilkinson and Horscroft’s peacock sculpture was purchased by Shepherds Bookbinders in London, giving the fledgling studio a boost.
Since then, the studio has carried out orders for major fashion brands such as Gucci, Prada and Nike, but also for organizations such as Amnesty International. The work of the workshop often focuses on the fantastic, they say:
“We love to create things that people are not used to experiencing in everyday life. We often draw inspiration from our imaginations and old fairy tales to create unusual patterns.”
Wilkinson and Horscroft have a knack for elevating a humble material into something quite elegant and refined, as they did with this series inspired by a high-end wallpaper line from The House of Hackney.
Using thick, iridescent papers with decorative patterns, the studio manages to create a striking assemblage of royal flowers that appear to have come to life on the wall. They say:
“To us, each flower head is its own microcosm, with its own set of rules and expressions, but it is clear that they belong to the same universe. They look like planets in a solar system or different chocolates in a box. – and there is something really appealing about it! Different… but the same. ”
Sometimes their projects are more personal in nature, as was this series called “Circling”.
Against a dark background, the compositions seem to suggest a center of calm in a swirling storm of moving components, implying dynamism in the midst of stillness.
The studio explains that the “Circling” series is …
“A project born of trying to deal with a time of intense fear and worry, that was their way of dealing with anxiety. Doing something constructive out of a stressful state of mind to let them feel less powerless, literally turning darkness into beauty. Each piece is handmade using iridescent gold and black paper cut and layered. ”
Following the circular theme, the studio produced a series of nature-inspired mandalas for a show featuring patterns in metamorphosis.
It seems that plants are emerging from the center and turning into butterflies or frogs.
Another stunning piece, titled “Entomologist,” features a series of paper-cut insects resembling jewelry, arranged in the style of a shadow box.
The various filigree layers of winged detail make these insects appear to come out of the three-dimensional page, ready to fly.
We also love this “Medusa” piece, where the lace details make this creature look quite delicate and otherworldly.
As can be seen here, the intricate patterns change beautifully with different colors and angles of light.
While paper is essentially a fairly humble material, artists like Wilkinson and Horscroft show that it can be uplifted and completely transformed by applying skillful techniques, a focused thematic approach, and a healthy dose of creativity. You can see more of their work on Makerie Studio and Instagram.