Cut Fold Construct Paper Sculpture Workshop

One of the first paper artists I started researching at the beginning of my final major project was Richard Sweeney, renowned for his expertise in folding paper and creating complex sculptural forms. It was with fantastic good timing that I then discovered he was about to run a paper sculpture workshop, at the Victor Felix Gallery in London, and immediately booked my place.

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Cut, Fold, Construct Paper Workshop with Richard Sweeney and Andy Singleton

Cut, Fold, Construct Paper Workshop with Richard Sweeney and Andy Singleton

 

The day was fantastic, really interesting and very well structured, and a lovely opportunity to meet other people interested in a similar area.  The morning primarily focused on paper cutting techniques and was led by Andy Singleton. Andy, a paper artist and illustrator, specialises in working in response to the natural and man-made world.

Andy Singleton's work in progress for the Victoria Revealed Exhibition, Kensington Palace

Andy Singleton’s work in progress for the Victoria Revealed Exhibition, Kensington Palace

We were shown various techniques, during the course of the morning, including an insight in to translating continuous line drawings into paper cuts, how one could build up modular forms  and manipulate 2d paper cuts into 3d sculptures. A couple of my pieces produced during the workshop as below:

Continuous line drawing turned into a paper cut

Continuous line drawing turned into a paper cut.

Andy Singleton template cut to show how one can create a 3d sculpture and build modular forms.

Andy Singleton template cut to show how one can create a 3d sculpture and build modular forms.

Richard then ran the afternoon session, which focused upon paper folding techniques, using a variety of crease patterns, to form geometric sculptures.

Icosahedron, Richard Sweeney, 2006

Icosahedron, Richard Sweeney, 2006

Richard obviously made it all look extremely easy, in practice it was a little more challenging, as the more you tried to manipulate the paper into the desired direction, the more handled and creased the paper looked.

However I had another go, after I left, whilst experimenting with designs for my large intestine, and the results were a lot better.

X Span folded tubes

X Span folded tubes

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One thought on “Cut Fold Construct Paper Sculpture Workshop

  1. Alistair

    Hi Lucy

    I know I am always remarking on how I am ready to drop the paper and design exclusively for digital platforms, but seeing the incredibly intricate (and beautiful) constructions of Andy Singleton and Richard Sweeney (and your own creations!) really makes me appreciate just how much potential the humble piece of card has when it comes to creating interesting and visually striking physical design pieces. I like the fact that the images you have posted display the versatility of the material as well…It appears that by cutting and manipulating the card in a certain way, you can create very solid geometric forms which possess lots of sharp edges and angular ridges, but conversely, you can also create more organic shapes which flow, twist and spiral in a much more unrestrained fashion. Really cool stuff amigo!

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