Monday, 2 November 2009

Jen Stark- Paper and Colour (My Jen Stark Transcription)

This is a blog post dedicated to Jen Stark, who is perhaps my all time favourite artist, and she creates the most unique and creative paper sculptures. They are really colourful and the subtle variations and pattern creating these are so inspiring. They are also very delicate and intricate, and the sheer amount of dedication and time used is amazing...

As I looked at her for my art project, I also created a transcription of one of her pieces which you can see to your right ---> as well as below. Before I started, I actually emailed Jen to ask her some questions, and she responded with:

Hi Matthew,

I just choose the color depending on my idea. I don't exactly know how....just what looks good together and if I have an idea I'm trying to get across. I usually use card stock paper (the kind you find in scrapbooks) because it is thick and meant to last a long time. I always make sure its acid free and fade-resistant. The process goes like this: I think about the kind of piece I want to make, what kind of paper to use, and then make a sketch of it. Once I have a general idea of what it might look like, I begin cutting. I cut each layer by hand with an X-acto knife. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to finish a sculpture…depending on the complexity and size.

Good luck!


The technique is basically quite simple, where you layer loads of coloured paper, and cut from the centre some sort of radial pattern, fold each layer back and glue it down!!

Here are her works which I really really like and hope to be able to see them in real life!! She is based in America and is yet to exhibit in London, so hopefully one day I will be able to see her work!
Enjoy, they are so beautiful...

What do you think? Aren't they amazing?

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