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Padawan paper cuts: Star Wars kirigami is beautifully intricate
Star Wars Episode VII will finally hit cinema screens later this year, realizing or shattering the hopes of millions of fanatics worldwide. With stakes this high, attention to detail is everything, and while the movie’s director JJ Abrams is taking every measure to get it right, he’s not the only person obsessing over the intricacies of the franchise.
One of those people is Marc Hagan-Guirey, better known as artist Paper Dandy, whose latest undertaking is a tribute to the Star Wars movies cut from single sheets of A4 paper. Using only his trusty scalpel, Marc practices kirigami, which involves cutting complex patterns into the paper to build the three-dimensional architecture of the Star Wars Universe. The finished art is then placed into colored light boxes to create a beautiful silhouette effect.
This latest Star Wars-themed work is the subject of Paper Dandy’s new exhibition, Cut Scene, which just managed to secure funding via Kickstarter. The exhibition will feature 12 kirigami Star Wars scenes – each cut from a single sheet of paper – to be displayed at a yet-to-be-confirmed location in Central London.
This is not the artist’s first exhibition, having won over critics and gallery-goers with his last Kirigami work inspired by iconic horror cinema. The sequel to Horrorgami is now available as a book complete with 20 new gruesome scenes, as well as step-by-step instructions for you to build your own paper horror displays.
Paper Dandy has already completed half of the Star Wars models, and having exceeded his £16,600 ($25,750) Kickstarter target he will now complete the exhibition and look for a gallery to display it in. There’s still an incentive to pledge if you like what you see, though, with rewards ranging from signed prints to a coffee table book in the style of the Horrorgami project. Contributors paying £1600 ($2500) or more can even take home one of the original artworks in its lightbox once the exhibition finishes.
Take a look Marc’s Kickstarter pitch and let us know what you make of his kirigami art below;