Nice Slice: 30+ Sculptures & Illustrations Created with Cut Paper

Layered Paper Illustrations by Eiko Ojala

Sometimes, intricacy packs less of a punch than expertly wielded minimalism, and Eiko Ojala is here to prove it. Often political, the Estonian illustrator’s work has been seen in publications like The New York Times and Wired. It’s pretty incredible how much emotion and information can be conveyed with just a few small pieces of paper.

Architectural Laser-Cuts by Eric Standley

You can’t appreciate just how complex these paper cut works by Eric Standley are until you get right up on them, peering into their depths. The sheets are stacked over 100 layers high, producing abstracted versions of stained glass windows and patterns found in ancient and classic architecture. “These rhythms are found at a cosmological scale in the ever-expanding universe, across culture and time in Gothic and Islamic architecture as well as at the profoundly fundamental building blocks of life. When a DNA braid is viewed from the top-down, the layered double helix rotation abides by the golden ratio (phi.) Waves along the braid conceal and reveal strata of information.”

Paper Cutouts by ‘Paperboyo’ Take Over the World

Playful paper cutouts turn ordinary urban scenes into settings for fantastical adventures in the hands of Rich McCor, better known as ‘Paperboyo.’ His clever compositions transform well-known monuments into different things altogether, like penguins, octopi, film reels and more. Check out a fun array of these photos at his instagram.

Paper Cut Plants by Raya Sader Bujana

Tiny plants spring to life in the form of hand-painted and hand-cut paper sculptures by Barcelona-based artist Raya Vader Bujana, who sells her miniature creations on Etsy.