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