Link to Book Design sections on Paper
There are a lot of different things you can do with paper other than just drawing on it – cutting, folding, moulding, sculpting, layering – and that’s before you’ve even thought about what kind of paper or how big it is or whether to bind it together into a book. There are infinite possibilities and illustrators and artists have continued to explore paper’s flexibility as a surface and as a tool for image-making in its own right.
“Paper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. I employ this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions.” Su Blackwell
Look at a range of illustrators and artists who use paper as a medium rather than just a surface within their work. How have they used paper and what processes have they put it through?
Reflect on their working processes in your learning log.
Mexican ‘Día de los Muertos’ : (Day of the Dead) paper-cut images.
Bruce Angrave (1912–83): a freelance illustrator was well known for his railway and Underground posters, but much of his other work was created using paper sculptures.
Su Blackwell: Contemporary artist uses old books as a starting point for her sculptural paper pieces.
Rob Ryan works in a similar way to Mexican papercuts, creating delicate
Guy Laramee uses paper as a material in which to carve.