Tag Archives: #sculpture

Irving Harper (1926 – 2015)

Admiring the paper sculptures created by Irving Harper, an American industrial designer, born in 1916 in New York.  The mid-century designer was known for his “Ball Clock” made for Howard Miller Clock Company and his “Marshmallow Sofa” created for Herman Miller.  However, his work on paper was overlooked because they have never been seen outside his home.  He crafted hundreds of paper sculptures in his spare time from 1963-2000 to relieve “stress”.  Much of his work can be seen in the book , “Irving Harper: Works in Paper” by Michael Maharam and Irving Harper.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources. 

Laurel Roth Hope

Laurel Roth Hope is a full time, self-taught artist and naturalist who lives and works in Northern California.   Prior to devoting herself to art she worked as a park ranger and in natural resource conservation. She has called herself “an artist that wishes she was a scientist”, which is reflected in her work.  She began crocheting “Biodiversity Reclamation Suits for Urban Pigeons” as a comic relief from the overwhelming subject of environment and extinction.  She sculpts and casts pigeons from resin and crochets suits of extinct bird’s plumage.  On National Geographic she explains the following:  

“The suits act like a cozy, covering up something we don’t want to see—environmental degradation and species extinction—with something arguably more attractive.”

The artist works with other mediums as well which can be seen on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Laurel Roth Hope.

Estudio Guardabosques

Estudio Guardabosques is a Buenos Aires-based design and illustration studio consisting of Carolina Silvero and Juan Nicolás Elizalde. They like to draw and make things with paper using the ancient art of paper folding.  Their main focus is on nature crafting not only the birds shown above but also various geometric mammals.  They create a wide range of paper projects for publishing, fashion, advertising, cinema and other artistic branches.

You can see more of their work on their website, Facebook, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Studio Guardabosques.