A few weeks back I wrote a post about some of my favourite 3D paper art & sculpture artists and introduced you to the likes of Zoe Bradley, Zim & Zou, Linus & the Feel Good Factory and Vegan Taxidermy.
Today it’s all about home-grown 3D paper art skills with a look at some incredible Aussie talent.
First up is one of my personal favourites – the fabulous Benja Harney. Benja is a paper engineer based out of Sydney and his paper skills are every paper nerd’s dream. He worked with luxury fashion house Hermes for a Christmas window in 2009 as well as with Kylie Minogue on an incredible deluxe limited edition pop-up book for her Goddess tour in 2011. Benja’s work is always precision perfect and his love of colour and fun really comes through. Most recently he was commissioned by David Jones stores to create 3 magnificent paper gowns to celebrate their 175th birthday party. AMAZING! It’s difficult to narrow down some favourites to show you here, so do yourself a favour and check out Paperform (Benja’s website) to marvel at his 3D paper art.
© All photos Benja Harney
Take a few minutes to check out a little interview with Benja… so inspiring..!
Another favourite Australian paper artist is Anna-Wili Highfield whose crafting ability with beautifully torn paper is mind boggling. I first noticed her work when she was commissioned to create a number of pieces for luxury fashion house Hermes in 2011. The pegasus bust she created for the Brisbane store is truly a magnificent piece and I love how it seems to float effortlessly in space mid flight. Her work is layered and textural with each piece of paper carefully sculpted over copper wire and then delicately stitched together to create the final piece.
More recently, via a tweet posted by Inside Out Magazine, I stumbled upon the colourful work of Sydney based paper artist Samantha Gazal. Samantha’s work is full of movement and personality and alongside her personal paper works she has also created some amazing installations for places like Le Creuset and Westfield across Sydney. She will be hosting a 3D paper art workshop on Thursday 20th June as part of Papier D’amour’s pop-up store at the MLC in Sydney. If I can, I will get myself there to check it all out. I think Samantha is definitely someone to watch in the paper art world!
But the final word goes to Melbourne based paper artist Marsha Golmec. I discovered Marsha’s work a couple of years back and started following her Three Nations blog where she posted all about various paper projects she was involved with. Since then, Marsha has been part of a number of creative projects with fabulous teams such as The Design Files, Megan Morton’s The School and and most recently she completed a fab installation for Incu in Melbourne. Marsha has a distinct style and it’s one that incorporates pattern, precision and on-trend colours to really bring her work to life. I am in LOVE with her paper pineapple skillz!
So there you have it! Home-grown paper engineering skills to make your jaw drop. Which pieces are your favourite?