I have always had a thing for paper mechanisms from my first year origami kit at school to pop-up books that told stories with the unique wonder of folded space.
What I later found out to be paper-engineering is a largely self taught discipline that requires not so much mathematical know how but an ability to work back visually from a thee-dimensional form to a two-dimensional blueprint template.
I like to think of it as creation of space from a two dimensional plane limited by the constrained use of materials – all volumes being derived from one piece of paper.
I founded my own creative practice POPUPOLOGY at the end of 2006, designing all things related to the cutting and folding of paper including an architectural range I am expanding to this day, which forms the basis of the current HIDDEN GEMS installation “PAPERCUT”, part of the TREASURE show.
The delicate forms of these paper pieces make them complex and simple at the same time, and both objects and technique convey an enigmatic quality that reveals itself to the viewer through the fascination of discovery.