Alberto Cerriteno Spends Much Time With The Wild Things

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Maurice Sendak was a long time companion of mine when I was young, or at least his stories were. I only really remember two books from my early youth; Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham, and Where the Wild Things Are. So, whenever I see tributes made in Sendak's honor, I feel a bit of a kinship with the artist because I know the work touched their lives as much as mine. Alberto Cerriteno is no exception, and really, the sheer amount of time and energy that went into these cut paper tributes far exceeds anything I could ever do to pay homage to the Wild Things. Of course, Cerriteno is a highly accomplished illustrator. You can check out more of his work on his Behance portfolio.   … [Read more...]

The Cut Paper Art of Calvin Nicholls Makes My Hands Hurt

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There's really no better way to express how I feel about Calvin Nicholls except that he is insane. And by insane, I mean insanely talented with an incredible amount of attention to detail. These cut paper sculptures are almost ludicrous in their detail, but oh so awesome. Via Ape on the Moon … [Read more...]

Cut Paper Genius by Bird Mafia

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Artists that do cut paper work have my respect because of the time and tenacity it takes to produce quality work. I have no where near the patience to spend that much time with an Xacto blade, but Emily Brown of Bird Mafia definitely does. I love the depth of her shadow boxes, so much that I actually bought on for my home. Emily has an Etsy shop, but I didn't see any of the cut paper there, mostly plush animals, pillows and other fabric goods. It's possible that she sold a lot of her art stock during all the shows she attended, but have a look over at her main site and perhaps inquire with Emily there to see about purchasing new art. … [Read more...]

A Confession About Paper Sculptures

Right here, right now, I'm going to admit to you and the world that I'm a bit of a fraud. Ok, maybe fraud is a bit too harsh of a word. What I mean to say is, on certain subjects here on Fresh Rag, I'm less than enthusiastic, and that's just wrong. You see, I love origami and paper sculpture. Some of the work I've seen lately, such as Diana Herrera's paper animals, blows my mind, but not in the way that makes me want to jump off the computer and start working on a cut-paper design. When I see these pieces, I know without a shadow of doubt, I cannot come close to producing anything as beautiful and elegant. The majority of my postings here are art prints, mostly because they are the most readily available subject that fits my paper parameters, but also because when I see art prints I love, my first thoughts go right to wanting to create something cool of my own. I'm a designer, an artist and I dabble in illustration and photography (very little dabbling); producing a cool art print … [Read more...]

Collaging With Choppers

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Street Chopper editor, Jeff Holt, creating collages for art directorial consideration. Sometimes freelance photographers need a little visual clue when you can't be on scene. … [Read more...]

Sher Christopher Makes Paper Come Alive

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I have to give thanks to Sher Christopher; she's been a supporter of Fresh Rag since the beginning, often sharing my links on Twitter long before anyone else. It took me awhile to reciprocate and really get a sense of her work, and I'm shocked at myself for not doing so sooner. The craftsmanship in this work is top notch, and encompasses an artistic eye that goes well beyond putting image to paper. Her sculptures tell stories, and I dig that. I asked Sher to share with me some of her more recent pieces, the ones pictured above, but there are many, many more on her site, so go have a look. And if you're a paper sculptor or know someone that needs some blog love, I'm happy to share. We don't get enough sculptors around here, so I'm open to just about any that come our way. … [Read more...]