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Pippa Dyrlaga is a paper cutting artist and print maker based in England. Her work is a perfect example of patience and precision. One gets drawn into the dizzying lines of her paper cut art. She spends hours on each piece as she first hand draws on the reverse of the paper and then meticulously cuts out the shapes using a scalpel.

Paper Cut Art
Foraging in the Tree Tops
Paper Cut Art
Heron
Paper Cut Art
Between the Willow
Paper Cut Art
Paper Cut Art
Paper Cut Art
Collaboration with Impression Originale
Paper Cut Art
Crow
Paper Cut Art
Riverside II
Paper Cut Art
The Garden
Paper Cut Art
Sinking
Paper Cut Art
Sinking III
Paper Cut Art
Hummingbird Flight
Paper Cut Art
Symbiosis
Paper Cut Art
Biophilia I
Paper Cut Art
Thread
Paper Cut Art
The Bear
Paper Cut Art
Stag Beetle
Paper Cut Art
A Peace Offering From the Land Dwellers
Paper Cut Art
Kraken
The Lepidopterist
The Ornithologist
Forest Spirit
Paper Cut Art
The White Wolf
Totoro
Let's make an Agreement
Martini - Langleys Gin Collaboration
Geometric
Paper Lace
Durham Cathedral

Most people have used paper as a flat surface; as a canvas to bring ideas to life. However, Atamjeet Singh Bawa delicately moulds and glues pieces to carefully create scale paper models of aeroplanes and other automotive that fascinates. Here, he sheds light on this unexplored area of design to take it beyond a hobby.

Paper Models
PAPER MODEL OF ‘TIGER - 1 BATTLE FORCE TANK’.

Magic Happens When You Make the Most of What You Already Have

The biggest challenge for most talented people is the availability of opportunity and resources to fuel their passion. There are many out there who have great ideas. However, not everyone is able to manifest them into reality. But it’s important for everyone to know that whatever you need is always available. For someone who is curious about planes and wants to build models, it might not be possible to invest in Balsa wood.

The Making of Bhai Ho
PAPER MODEL OF ‘LS 1000 LOCOMOTIVE’.

In that case, the cheapest material available to fulfil such talent is paper which also allows one the luxury to make mistakes. Once you’ve designed what your heart desires, the next critical step is publicity. The internet is another cheap medium that serves as an ideal stage to receive feedback and appreciation. It’s the best way to fine-tune your passion and develop your skills as the medium gives you the ability to learn from the experienced as well.

PAPER MODEL OF ‘DISCOVERY SPACE SHUTTLE’.

Fresh has got the Flesh

Paper modelling is an unexplored area and has the potential to benefit many industries and marketing strategies. For instance, it can find great use in movies where paper models of motorcycles and aeroplanes can be used as cheaper alternatives for stunts. Similarly, brands and clients can use paper models to portray characteristics like lightweight, customised features, hand-made and environment-friendly appeal.

AIR ASIA PLANE.
PAPER MODEL OF ‘F-4F CORSAIR’.

Taming Something as Delicate as Paper is Key

Paper is one of the most delicate materials we come across or use everyday. Making something as complicated as a machine with paper requires a certain skill that comes with practice. It demands patience of a sniper and craftsmanship of a watchmaker. Paper has many limitations; it can’t be stretched and neither can parts be separated once they are glued together.

 

Moist and dirty hands add to the equation of complexity while working with paper. And the ideal way to preserve such hard work is in custom made acrylic boxes with sachets of silica gel to keep them safe from moisture.

PAPER MODEL OF ‘KONGO - JAPANESE BATTLE SHIP’.

Scale Paper Modelling is not ‘Art’ as we know it

It is in fact pure engineering where one needs to learn complex 3D software such as 3D Max, Rhinoceros, AutoCAD etc. to design a paper model. It’s a complicated and long process where the designs are broken into many individual 2D printable parts and are then manually cut and joined using glue to make the model. This process can take up from a few weeks to a few months.

PAPER MODEL OF ‘KOMATSU HD785 DUMP TRUCK’.
Paper Model of 'M41A Pulse Rifle'

Do as your Heart Says

Following your heart, your hobby or your passion. “Take the first step and the momentum shall make you take the next one. It’s simple physics!”

IRON MAN’S HELMET PAPER MODEL.
Product and Automobile Design

Published in Issue 27

This issue explores one of the widely discussed product design and automobile #design which is very close to our heart. We spoke to few leading names to find out the future of product design and understand the Indian designer sensibilities and practices. Everyone believe that it’s not just functionality but also the visual appeal of the product which plays a crucial in the success of a product. This issue is a bundle of inspirations and insights from the well know product and automobile designers. A must read which you will enjoy for sure.

 

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Paper is a strong medium evoking something eternal. If used creatively, it can transcend flat expressions to reach an infinite space. Reflects pop-up artist Sachin George, as he talks about his design sensibilities in the craft.

Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
Metropolis and City Planners

Drawing doesn’t fully exploit the potential of paper.

That’s when the discovery of paper engineering happened. The art was a perfect amalgamation of geometry, structures, and paper modelling. Experimenting with the possibilities of the medium pushed creativity to go beyond a double spread and do more and more with paper. What excited most was the magic that the output created. No electricity, no metal or screws or things that you have to plug in. It is so non-technical, and yet you get to make the magic happen with your hands.

Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
Untitled experiments

Pop-ups fascinate the kid inside us. 

Just like animation and comics are loved by adults just as much as they are by the kids, pop-ups have a similar appeal when it comes to captivating the attention of a mature audience. The whole thrill of seeing a huge picture rise up between a normal spread and close itself back peacefully into the page is an exciting experience. It’s a pleasant surprise from regular prints on paper. Furthermore, the content and presentation bring the art closer to the imagination with a better look and narrative.

Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
Metropolis and City Planners

Every story has a story behind it. 

In this art, everything begins with the visualisation. After working on pop-up structures over years continually, everything seems to pop up and shut back in dreams. Some of these went forward in the form of a book. These ideas come from daily life or certain incidents that occur. Therefore, every story has a story behind it. The craft gives the audience a taste of the backstory that gave birth to the idea. It all depends on how directly or discretely you depict that story. Nowadays, digital technology has fueled the production process. From die to make to laser cutting, such technological advancements have pushed intricacy and hence the structures. This gives us scope to think beyond the bizarre.

Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
News updates

Your choices decide the narrative.

It’s important to know which elements to pop up and in what proportion in order to keep the flow of the narrative intact. This can be done in two ways. Either you pick a scene and make it memorable with structural possibilities or you take a memorable scene and give it one more reason to be remembered for. The choice is yours. Sometimes, pop-up art is not just about rising structures. There are various other factors that contribute to the storytelling process in the piece of art, like lights and shadows. They also have to be taken into account, especially when working with white. If you’re working with colours, it’s important to be aware of the fact that a lot is already happening within a spread. Therefore the colours chosen must be such that they do not clash with the structures.

Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
Metropolis and City Planners
Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
How long? How far?

Illustration skills matter up till the page.

Beyond that, it’s the ability to visualize the possible structure that you have in mind. It’s about thinking in 3D, which is the most challenging part in this form of art. That’s why, beyond the realm of the paper, the pencil quits and a paper cutter takes charge.

Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
Untitled experiments
Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
India Through Currencies

Pop-up is not Origami.

Origami is the traditional paper art of Japan and is different from pop-up art. Origami just involves the folding of paper to create static forms like a crane, dragon etc. whereas paper engineering is moving mechanics and all about folding, cutting and pasting to create structures.

Fantasy Stories - Paper Possibilities
The red fish

Published in Issue 04

The issue with the best insights from some of the top space designers and advertising tips from Happy Creatives with some exclusive mix of media experiments in type and digital art. The issue with the best insights from some of the top space designers and advertising tips from Happy Creatives with some exclusive mix of media experiments in type and digital art.

 

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In this technologically driven world, it is sometimes refreshing to admire design that is inspired from things that have been forgotten. Using paper as a canvas as well as a tool, Yulia Brodskaya captures old age in a unique and trendy manner. In conversation with Creative Gaga, she throws light on her style and inspirations.

Paper Illustrations
Amethyst

CG: You’ve worked with internationally renowned personalities and brands. Briefly, take us through your design journey. The tough times, the easy times. What made you take up designing as a profession? How did ‘paper illustrations’ come about?

YB: Even with a background in graphic design, I always have a tendency to work with hand-made styles, especially paper. I started to use the edge-glued paper technique more than 6 years ago. I prefer not to call it quilling as it’s more about drawing with paper rather than on it. Slowly and steadily experimenting with the art form has allowed me to make quilling more stylish and modern.

Paper Illustrations
Joy.
Paper Illustrations
CADBURY.

CG: Lines and patterns seem to be common among most of your designs. Is there a reason or is just simply your style? Why the ‘old’ faces? What is your style and design process?

YB: Many motifs/elements come from the medium e.g. a coil is a natural thing to do with a paper strip, but I try to use a variety of paper elements including flat-cut paper sculpture, decoupage etc. just to keep the art visually interesting and diverse.

Paper Illustrations
GYPSY.

Like every designer occupies a particular niche, my designs express and depict old age. Merging the edge-glued paper strips technique to depict wrinkles enhances the experience both for the designer and the viewers.

Paper Illustrations
GODIVA.
Paper Illustrations
KING OF SPADES.

CG: What do you feel are three things that an illustrator must have in today’s competitive environment? How do you evolve and keep up with changes that happen around?

YB: First is paper, then glue and finally a pair of scissors! On a serious note, an illustrator should stay true to his/her own style but at the same time keep experimenting and changing it slightly over time. This is a natural process and most of the time undergoes a subconscious change.

Paper Illustrations
Lovesdoves
Paper Illustrations
HEADSCARF.

CG: Is there any cultural influence in your designs? How do you manage to give an ‘international appeal’ to your designs?

YB: There is no cultural influence unless it’s a particular project that demands a particular look and feel. My influences are typography, paper, nature, and colours – things that are pretty much universal and appeal to everyone

Paper Illustrations
BABUSHKA.
Paper Illustrations
NOEL.

CG: What are your inspirations? Any tips for talented designers that are waiting to be recognised?

YB: Like mentioned earlier, anything that occurs in nature is what appeals and inspires. Everything from interesting texture to unique colours can be a starting point for a new idea. And as far as the motto goes, it’s doing what you love and loving what you do.

Paper Illustrations
WHERE WISHES COME TRUE.
Paper Illustrations
BLACKWHITE COLOUR.

Published in Issue 27

This issue explores one of the widely discussed product design and automobile #design which is very close to our heart. We spoke to few leading names to find out the future of product design and understand the Indian designer sensibilities and practices. Everyone believe that it’s not just functionality but also the visual appeal of the product which plays a crucial in the success of a product. This issue is a bundle of inspirations and insights from the well know product and automobile designers. A must read which you will enjoy for sure.

 

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