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January 1, 2015

May your Holidays be Warm and Fanciful

Filed under: paper crafts, paper engineering — Tags: — popularkinetics @ 8:58 pm

Lovebird ParrotWe thought this little bird would brighten your holidays with her paper cutting skills. It looks like Bebe is dressing up for a fancy party, adding tail extensions. (Actually this is typical lovebird behavior. The birds gather materials for their nests and carry them tucked in their feathers). Watch her on video here.

Wishing everyone a very happy holiday season and the best New Year ever, from Carol and Popular Kinetics Press.
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November 2, 2014

Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo

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Flexible Sculpture of face by Li Hongbo

Traditional Chinese toys and decorations made from layers of thin paper were the inspiration for artist Li Hongbo’s first flexible paper sculptures. He and his assistant start by carefully gluing tens of thousands of paper sheets into large paper blocks. Then Li uses an electric saw to carve faces and bodies from the blocks. They look like fine marble until they are lifted from their bases and unfold across the room, revealing their multi-layered composition. Here are a few videos to watch them in action:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtORrWaePDA
http://www.wimp.com/artpaper/

October 30, 2014

Motion Silhouette Book

Filed under: artist's books, paper crafts, paper engineering — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 5:47 am

Motion Silhouette Book
This lovely book based on shadow play incorporates delicate paper-cut forms which, when lit from the side, cast shaped shadows onto the facing pages. As a light is moved to various positions, the shadows move, too, interacting with the illustrations to complete them in a wordless dance. Designed by Japanese artists Megumi Kajiwara and Tathuhiko Nijima, the books are made to order by hand. To see the book in action, watch this delightful video.

April 16, 2014

A Paper Microscope for the Masses

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Manu Prakash

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford’s School of Medicine, along with his colleagues, has designed what they are calling a “foldscope” or origami paper microscope. The foldscope is printed onto a sheet of card stock with an optical lense, LED light, and watch battery embedded in the layout. Produced for about fifty cents each, the flat printed sheet easily folds into a working three-dimensional microscope with up to 2000 times magnification. This could be a real game-changer in developing countries trying to improve health by identifying disease pathogens. The paper microsope is lightweight and very durable–perfect under harsh field conditions. To learn more, watch Mr. Prakash’s TED talk. Thank you to Leslie Wright and Paulette Rosen for bringing this to our attention!

Manu Prakash's paper microscopeFoldscope origami paper microscope

April 15, 2014

Paper Tube Architecture, Shigeru Ban

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Shigeru Ban's Paper Log HouseShigeru Ban's Paper Log Houses

Paper has been in the news lately with the announcement of the Pritzker Prize for architecture going to Shigeru Ban, noted for his emergency shelters and buildings made of paper tubes. The 56-year-old Japanese architect has designed temporary paper shelters for refugees and victims of disasters in areas such as Rwanda, Kobe (Japan), Turkey, India and New Zealand. The tubes are a perfect building material because they’re inexpensive, readily available in various diameters and quite strong. They also can be bent and weatherized. Ban’s “Paper Log House,” shown here, is an example of these emergency shelters. The tubes are secured in sand-filled beer cases and the house is covered with canvas tenting for its roof.

Shigeru Ban on his paper tube bridgeShigeru Ban's paper tube bridge

Ban has also used tubes in constructing a school in China, a church in New Zealand, a gallery in Japan and a bridge, shown here, in France. To learn more of his work and philosophy of socially conscious architecture, check out these web sites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shigeru_Ban

http://www.ted.com/talks/shigeru_ban_emergency_shelters_made_from_paper

http://thursdaygroup6.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/61/

 

October 11, 2013

Mathematical Art Exhibition

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Paper Polyhedron by Ulrich MikloweitPaper sculpture by George Hart

Each year a Mathematical Art Exhibition is held in conjunction with the Joint Mathematics Meeting, the largest mathematics meeting in the world. Artworks are judged on the sophistication of the mathematical concepts presented, and on their originality, aesthetic appeal and craftsmanship. This year’s show included several pieces made of paper, based on such mathematical constructs as fractals and spacial geometries. To see the entire exhibition, visit the Mathematical Association of America web site. For anyone interested in entering or visiting the show, the 2014 meeting will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, January 15-18.

September 25, 2013

STEAM teaching through Paper Engineering

Filed under: animation, art classes, children's classes, paper engineering — Tags: , , , — popularkinetics @ 5:19 am

Yoshimoto Video

We at Popular Kinetics are big proponents of Art as a part of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education (the acronym is STEAM). After all, discovery involves the art of observation, and design is integral to the process of making things. In celebrating the new school year, we’re dedicating the next two posts to paper engineering as it relates to math and science. Combining these disciplines makes them less intimidating and much more fun, and can lead to an integrated understanding of surface, form and function. So here’s a clever little stop action video featuring some engaging paper forms.

March 18, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Paper Animation

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Metropolitan Borough of Kirlees, UK

We’re always impressed when a bureaucratic office does something edgy and out of the ordinary, so we were delighted by the emergency preparedness video that the Metropolitan Borough of Kirkless in the United Kingdom produced. Created by Argentinian animator and videographer Joaquin Ferronato, the video advises Kirkless citizens on procedures to follow in emergency weather situations, from not sheltering under trees to not wading in dirty water. To watch the video, click here.

October 25, 2012

Horrorgami Adams Family House for Halloween

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From early childhood, London artist Marc Hagan-Guirey has been a huge fan of horror movies. He began working with kirigami (the Japanese art of cutting an image from a single piece of paper) by designing a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House in Los Angeles, but then gravitated to more spooky edifices with a design for the house that served as the set in the Adams Family television show. From there he’s moved on to create a Horrorgami Overlook Hotel (The Shining), The Amityville House, and the MacNeil house from The Exorcist. He has plans to do more, and has a show coming up in November at Gallery One-and-a-Half in London. A video of the artist and his work is at this link. Thanks to Betsy Rubinstein for bringing these horrors to our attention.

September 16, 2012

Paper Forest Web Site

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Paper Forest web site

For all of you paper lovers out there, The Paper Forest blog is a treasure trove of projects to make, paper art exhibitions, and related links. Fed by five artists, Jaime Zollars, Shelley Noble, Matt Hawkins, Dan McPharlin, and Falk Keuten, it reflects their wide range of interests and artistic views. Here’s the link to the site:  http://paperforest.blogspot.com/ 

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