The Folded Art of Matt Shlian, Paper Engineer

If you’re a fan of detailed papercraft, you may enjoy the works of Matt Shlian. This lecturer at the University of Michigan put his engineering skills to good use when he folds paper into wonderfully intricate works of art. Like computational architect Michael Hansmeyer, Shlian uses applications on the computer to create some of his shapes and then and does the fabrication process manually. He says this about his works:

Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualize its final realization; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.

Check out some of his paper sculptures and a video of his creation process after the jump.