Around a year and a half ago, ManMade featured a behind-the-scenes look at how artist Horst Kiechle created this anatomically correct paper torso with removable organs to teach children biology lessons in the Fiji Islands.
Now, a cool update: Horst has provided a full how-to so you can make your own, complete with free downloadable templates.
ManMade reader and all around good guy Jeff from Laboratory 424 in Spokane, WA wrote in to share this awesome retro-inspired papercraft project. He says,
"We like to be prepared for an alien invasion...Nerf guns loaded, extra rations of nachos packed away, and a Klingon dictionary in the back pocket. Unfortunately, such preparations tend to be forgotten in the routine of day-to-day life. As a subtle reminder, we created giant, 3-D, papercraft Space Invaders on our walls, and just so everyone is prepared, we show you how to build your own."
Self-taught French artist Nathalie Boutté has perfected a technique for creating portraits that, in itself, is nothing out of the oridinary: long strips of paper are cut and then laid on top of other strips of paper, over and over. But when it all comes together? It's beauty.
At first glance, this fun DIY project might seem pretty straightforward: You type some stuff on a piece of paper, print it out, then cut it with a craft knife.
And then you realize, if you tried that, you've ruined it before you even finish the first letter, because it's impossible to cut things out and have them still be stuck together in a single sheet...
Unless, of course, you know what you're doing.
You may have seen this incredible paper human torso with removable organs about the internet last week. It was featured on a few art blogs you may have heard of, like...all of them. See: BoingBoing, Juxtapoz, DesignBoom, NotCot, Complex, and Colossal.
But today, original story breakers My Modern Met have even more to offer: an interview with the artist and photos that show the whole thing being designed and built.
Yep, these are likely on every craft/handmade/DIY/geek/tech/anything blog this season...but that's for good reason. That being: they're freaking awesome.
Heads up, cool kids: Math is way hip. Particularly, geometry, facets, and gem shapes have been everywhere designy for the last two years, and there's no reason the holidays shouldn't be included in the trend.
Case in point: this geometric garland. It looks nice and handmade, is holiday-neutral, and the colors are winter-y enough that you could leave it up through February.
Okay...get this. Not only is paper artist Tommy Perez offering a collection of free, downloadble paper mustaches, but paper artist Tommy Perez is offering a collection of free, downloadble, crafting-inspired paper mustaches.
It gets no more ManMade than this, my friends.
Unless you're ready to go full out, it's kinda hard to decorate for Halloween. Anytime I've tried, my house has looked like 1) a crappy, half-finished haunted house, 2) like the clearance aisle at the discount store on November 2nd, or 3) like a kindergarten classroom.
But, wait. Hold up. What about something that's Halloween-y, but doesn't resort to overplayed imagery, and even includes a bit o' nostalgia and pop culture imagery to boot?
Artist Dinh Truong Giang is a Vietnamese-born artist and architecture student, currently living in Virginia. He's mastered a version of Japanese paper folding called "wet folding," which allows the paper creations to feature curved and sculpted lines, rather than the angles of traditional origami.
Some folks freak out everytime they see some traditional form of media made into something else - books, vinyl records, and the like. As someone who has altered these things into many a how-to project, I constantly recieve comments about how "sad it is that books are no longer valued" or "instead of ripping up albums, try listening to them." Folks, my entire home is filled with books. And records. And lots of old furniture, plenty of heirlooms, and even a few cassette tapes. I get it. But, not all old things are worth saving.
Or, better yet, sometime a thoughtful transformation proves
One day, I will own a lathe, and I will turn my own handmade chess set from maple and walnut. Or, perhaps I'll learn how to carve wood, and whip up a handcarved buncha trolls and goblins taking each other on.
Until then, I think this rolled paper chess set is pretty brilliant. Oh, and FYI - I suck at chess.
In elementary school, I was a diorama master. Iroquois longhouses with tiny animal pelts and handcarved mini wooded bowls, the two-part Tantalos cooking up Pelops and feeding him to the gods/never being able to snatch the fruit or bend to drink the water, and my award winning scene from The Westing Game.
Call it a fractal, TriForce-inspired, or just plain geometric, this triangular upcycled fruit bowl is straight up awesome. Made from only recycled magazines and isosceles triangles, this guy'll have you rocking your 9th-grade math class and your glue gun skills all at once.
Kyle Hilton got a bit distracted from an illustration project that was due soon. And by distracted, I mean he did what the best of us have: he started watching an entire season of Arrested Development. Inspired by his choice procrastination, he started another illustration project: paper dolls of the show's memorable moments.
In response to our snow-filled declaration of Paper Day last week, ManMade reader Stephanie email me to share this awesome roundup of 100 papercraft templates available for a free download.