Category Archives: Sculpture

Wirin Chaowana

In awe of these sculptures created by paper craft artist and designer, Wirin Chaowana. The Bangkok-based artist was influenced by Thailand’s traditional fresh flower arrangements. Complex folding and geometric forms replaces the organic flowers in these delicate paper decorations. On an interview with Bangkok Post she reveals this about her project:

“Folding has been my favourite hobby since childhood. I find it fascinating when you can turn a flat, thin sheet of paper into three-dimensional shapes. It creates the perception of depth, light and shadow. It brings paper to life.”

“I fused the beauty of traditional flower arrangements with my personal passion for paper to present Thai flower works in a modern way. The collection is called “Pub Piab Riab Roy” as each word represents the whole construction process. “Pub” is to fold, “piab” means a lot of paper, “riab” is smooth and “roy” is to thread.”

You can see more of her work on Behance and Facebook.

Images: Courtesy of Wirin Chaowana.

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Rie Taniguchi

If you love nature as much as we do you will probably appreciate these life forms created by UK-based metalsmith, Rie Taniguchi. Her pieces incorporate sterling silver, gold, semiprecious stones. She describes her work in an artist statement on Mobilia-Gallery:

“I make objects to look at or to wear, mainly in the shapes of various life forms, focusing on endangered species. I draw my inspiration freely from everything I see, read and hear. My main interests and concerns, aside from the arts, are in environment and wildlife. News, documentaries, folk tales and myths all come into consideration. I try to express the essence of life with satire and playfulness, portraying animals within their environments or in a situation when possible. The aim is to make it life-like rather than realistic. I am discovering that true animal forms are more fantastic than the fantastical and more challenging to make. Images from my childhood still influence me through the experience of making numerous drawings as I plan each piece. I draw from photographs, films and real life, before drawing from memory and designing.”

Images: Courtesy of Rie Taniguchi.

Scott Albrecht

Brooklyn-based artist and graphic designer Scott Albrecht has a strong sense of color and typography as can be seen in the three-dimensional pieces shown above. Words play a large role in his designs with phrases incorporated as hidden messages. We’ve featured some of his work on wood but we personally would love to see more of his paper collages. The artist shares some insights on an interview with Frame Web:

“I have a background in graphic design, so a lot of my work tends to incorporate different design elements and principles, like typography, colour-blocking, simplified shapes and forms, etc. Typography has played a larger part in my work over the years, but more recently I’ve been distancing myself from it or exploring new ways of abstracting the characters to create different visual languages.”

“I enjoy finding new ways to communicate with people. For me the hidden messages aren’t so much about hiding things but creating new visual languages. After sharing this newer series with people, it’s been interesting for me to watch or hear people’s reactions. Most people start by observing the shapes and the patterns in the pieces, and then once they discover it’s a system and ultimately a message, I think they connect with the piece on a different level because they’re unpacking and discovering things, which is very different from simply reading the piece right away.”

You can follow the artist on his website and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Scott Albrecht.

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