Paper Landmarks – Advanced Paper Folding and Origami

Unlike in earlier times, paper art and origami are no longer limited to the definition of being a Japanese traditional art form. Nor are paper art’s designs limited to simple three-dimensional objects such as paper cranes, lotus, rabbits, and the like. Now, paper art’s limits are the extension of the artist’s imagination, no matter how profound.

One of the best examples of paper art innovation is the 2017 collaboration between G.F. Smith, a British paper and publishing company, and the Paper Artist Collective. As part of that year’s Color Plan Global Conference in London, 12 artists from the collective took on the challenge of creating 3D paper art inspired by London’s iconic landmarks.

1.    Samantha Quinn’s Big Ben

  • The iconic landmark in the city of London is Big Ben. Paper artist Samantha Quinn from the United Kingdom created her colourful rendition of Big Ben with coloured paper in shades of pink, green and black; scissors, and glue. Quinn said that she chose to create the famous clock tower because it would be prominent in the installation because of its height.

2.    Emma Boyes’ Liberty Building

  • Emma Boyes, another UK artist, chose the Liberty Building as her contribution to the Collective’s London installation because of her fond memories of the building during a college visit. With such an immense landmark as an inspiration, she had to work with the challenge of scaling down the model. Boyes’ adaptation of the building captured the wooden framework and the brick design of the façade. She also used colourful papers with floral patterns for the windows.

3.    Julianna Szabo’s St. Paul’s Cathedral

  • The seat of the London Diocese of the Anglican Church of England is St. Paul’s Cathedral. Julianna Szabo recreated this significant building in 3D using her paper artist skills. Szabo chose this landmark because of her desire to create a three-dimensional paper sculpture. She even researched the building plans of St. Paul’s and its elevation drawings to get the perfect proportions for her artwork. She divided the plans into workable sections before putting it together and adding the intricate details.

4.    Annemarieke Kloosterhof’s Buckingham Palace

  • It is impossible to think of the capital of England without the famed Buckingham Palace. When you think of London, you will surely have to picture English royalty and their place of residence in the city. Kloosterhof created a whimsical model of the palace in pastel yellows, pinks, and blues. The artist said she chose the building because of her desire to experiment with paper layering. The finished output was a combined effort of digital design and traditional hand cut details.

5.    Hannah Miles’ Kew Gardens

  • Other than the iconic buildings found in the city there are also other landmarks that would be fascinating subjects of paper art. Hannah Miles clearly saw this in her recreation of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew. In order to create the palm house of the Kew gardens, she used florist wire and a spray mount. Miles’ completed output featured miniature plants and trees that can be found in the Gardens. These were made by printed, and hand cut paper templates while additional details were done using acrylic paint.