October 31st, 2012 | 2 Comments »

Out of some crazy desire to try my hand at paper engineering in three dimensions, a few weeks ago I decided to make Halloween costumes for Boris and myself. The idea was somewhat driven by a commercial project that came my way and would involve making life-sized props from paper. Just the thought of working on these had my mind whirling with ideas so I decided to channel some of these into making the costumes while I waited to hear confirmation about the project.

For Boris I made a two foot high giraffe costume from yellow poster paper. It fits over his own head with a window in the neck for his face to peek through. It was nothing short of hilarious to have him continually try it on and all the silly antics that ensued. Boris painted the brown spots himself, which was the one thing I was willing to hand off to him.

Why a giraffe you might ask? It was something we’d joked about the previous year and I decided we needed to make it happen.

paper costumes - giraffe

paper costumes - giraffe

For my own costume I decided to make antlers, which is something I’ve always wanted to have, but with the whimsical twist of adding red leaves. I think of them as “tree branch antlers”.

As with the giraffe, I made these from poster paper. The trickiest part was figuring out how to attach them both to something and have them balance on my head. I used a black headband with elastic as the fitted strap that goes around the back of my head. They seem to balance just fine.

paper costumes - tree branch antlers

paper costumes - tree branch antlers

I finished the costumes the day before I began the more commercial project of making paper props for a video shoot. More about this in another post. Both projects have been a terrific learning experience, and made me tap into additional skills I wasn’t previously aware of.

Posted in Experimentation, Paper
October 29th, 2012 | Comments Off on SubmiT Vancouver 2012

One of my paper cut designs has been reproduced as limited edition t-shirts and prints for an awesome event coming up this week called, SubmiT Vancouver. This is an annual fundraiser in support of Imagine1Day and their mission for primary education in Ethiopia. I am one of the ten local artists whose work will be showcased as part of the event, with all proceeds from t-shirts and print sales going to Imagine1Day.

Tickets range from $15 to $60 to attend the event (depending on whether you want to also purchase a t-shirt and/or print) and are available through Eventbrite »

SubmiT Vancouver
Date: November 1st, 2012
Time: 7pm to 11pm
Location: Roundhouse Community Centre, Yaletown

October 26th, 2012 | Comments Off on Irving Harper: Paper Is A Versatile Medium

Irving Harper is a well-known industrial designer, and a design director at Herman Miller agency. For the past fifty years he’s been creating paper sculptures in his spare time as a way to relieve stress. This video gives a tour through his home and shares the amazing variety of work he’s created from paper.

It’s very timely to come across this right now as I’ve been working on a large paper engineering project this week. Thank you to Kirsti for sharing it with me.

Check out more videos in the Why Design series.

Posted in Inspiration, Paper