Looking at the amazing paper typography sculptures by Australian freelance designer Bianca Chang, you would think she’s been perfecting her craft for years — especially since her work appeared in last month’s O, The Oprah Magazine. It turns out she made her first three-dimensional paper piece only last September. Wow.
Inspired by letterforms and ”the subtlety of tone on tone signage”, Chang begins each bespoke piece by designing the shape that is to be “cut out” from the stack of 80gsm (20lb), 100% postconsumer waste paper. “From there I figure out how the void is going to be cut away between each sheet – the rotation, the direction etc. Then, I plot out where to cut by hand,” says Chang. “I love this mathematical approach – I find it very therapeutic and relaxing to methodically work on something in this way.” For a better understanding of how her work is done, watch the stop-motion video below.
Because every sculpture is unique, Chang spends anywhere from a full day to one week working on a project, depending on how large the final piece will be and how complex the design is. Though most of her work is done by personal commission, Chang spent much of last month creating sculptures to be exhibited at the A4 Paper Festival in Sydney. Curious about how her work is showcased, Chang said, “My work is usually exhibited as a combination of framed pieces and pieces that lie flat on plinths. The frame holds the paper together when hanging on gallery walls while gravity holds together the stacks that are lying flat. I find its nice to have a mixture of raw and finished.”
See more of Bianca Chang’s work here. [SJ]