It is no secret that I love paper in all of its forms: books, postcards, bookmarks, menus, coasters, cards, and the list goes on. But what happens when making 2D objects out of paper just isn’t enough? Paper, a seemingly not so structural building material, proves the world wrong! Meet PaperMatrix! A website dedicated to showcasing the work of Anna and Lene Schepper.
Their work is simply magnificent! It was their paper air balloons that really drew me in to explore the rest of their website of amazing creations! From spheres and hearts to actual paper containers, I was simply in awe. And it’s not just their structural capabilities. The color choices and combinations are fantastic! Now, as I was viewing their work, it got me thinking about origami, which is the folding and manipulation of paper, but somehow this work seems different. There is more cutting out paper and more layering, creating to my mind, pieces that are vastly more intricate than origami. Not that origami doesn’t have it’s own paper art form, but the pieces that come from PaperMatrix have a very architectural feel to them. Due to the super these two’s backgrounds in architecture and chemical engineering, it’s no wonder each piece looks so structurally sound!
So grab paper from your stash, change the blades in your exacto knives and be prepared to make some awesome things! Each project is accompanied by a printable template to follow. But let me warn you, they are still extremely intricate, so start out with the hearts and work your way up to the jar box! So try a hot air balloon, a jar box, or a paper babushka now! Send me your pictures of your final pieces and I’ll post them! Good luck!
Images from PaperMatrix