December 28, 2012

Unreal Creations of Paper: Matt Shlian Sculpture

matt shlian, paper sculpture, incredible paper sculpture by matt shlian, a fine line, a fine line blog

matt shlian, paper sculpture, incredible paper sculpture by matt shlian, a fine line, a fine line blog

matt shlian, paper sculpture, incredible paper sculpture by matt shlian, a fine line, a fine line blog

matt shlian, paper sculpture, incredible paper sculpture by matt shlian, a fine line, a fine line blog

Wow, I don’t even know where to begin describing the works of matt shlian. I stumbled upon this guy while browsing the interwebs, and I just had to share some of his work with you. He got his start at New York State College, and has been cultivating his methods ever since. He teaches at the University of Michigan and keeps up with an impressive list of clients and exhibitions in his free time. He uses a vast range of tools and the technique is extremely varied from piece to piece. Here’s how he describes the creative process in his own words: On one piece I’ll only use curved folds, or make my lines this length or that angle etc.  Other times I begin with an idea for movement and try to achieve that shape or form somehow.  Along the way something usually goes wrong and a mistake becomes more interesting than the original idea and I work with that instead.  I’d say my starting point is curiosity; I have to make the work in order to understand it.  If I can completely visualize my final result I have no reason to make it- I need to be surprised.

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