Creating Objects from Paper is something I always liked. I adore artists that build beautiful objects of it such as Hannah Nunn, Helen Musselwhite or Cheong-ah Hwang alias Papernoodle. Nevermind if the paper is shaped by folding in a complex way like origami or formed by cutting.
During my time abroad at the ASP Poznan in Poland I really got drawn to paper and started in a quite experimental way to shape three dimensional forms from it. I researched just paper a few month in various ways and felt this is mine. In 2006 I created my first object that is now dedicated to be a pendant light and is installed at the stairways at my friends house in Deventer, The Netherlands. It is a quite simple construction with a rather complex and beautiful shade.
Since than time has gone by and I was thinking a lot about lamps made of paper and researched the web where there are other fantastic designers, creators and maker that do similar things and what problems they had, how they solved them and wether people like their work or not – the usual research. I’m still trying to find my unique way to make a lamp out of paper, that will meet the wishes of them, that like to have one – rather not in shape and design but in the needs of a product that should last long and stay as beautiful as it is.
Until now I tried a few materials like pure paper, DuPont™ Tyvek® (a paper like plastic), micro thin veneer and matte PVC. Still I think that paper is the material to go for. The choice might be a rather philosophical matter. Somehow I think, to make light full of meaning, it needs an organic membrane to go through. Paper is a material that has a chaotic structure. The cellulose fibre isn’t straight ordered like the plastic materials I checked out. But Paper needs protection. This is the point where I am standing now.
Maybe you have some advice for me. Feel free to comment. Thanks so far.