May 19, 2015 – On April 17, 1973, a then-29-year-old George Lucas took a sheet of paper and began writing his script for The Star Wars. Over four decades later, artist Paper Dandy AKA Marc Hagan-Guirey is taking a sheet of paper to create an amazing piece of 3-D art.
From a single piece of A4 paper, the contemporary artist uses a scalpel or X-acto knife to score and cut the paper and transform it into a scene from Star Wars. There is no glue. No tape. No additions.
The paper-cutting technique is called kirigami. It is a variation of origami which includes cutting of the paper (from Japanese “kiru” = to cut, “kami” = paper). By contrast, origami is limited to folding the paper.
Moreover, Marc Hagan-Guirey’s art is not “pop-up”, though it has that three-dimensional quality. Pop-ups are often made from several pieces of paper glued together. Kirigami is a single sheet.
With the goal of sharing the artwork with a much wider audience, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to fund his “Cut Scene” Exhibition. The goal of £16,500 (approximately $25,000) has recently been reached, and additional funds generated will help to pay for construction of the display light-boxes and to expand and travel the exhibit. To view or contribute to the Kickstarter campaign, click HERE.
The Star Wars-inspired kirigami exhibit is not a licensed Disney or Lucasfilm project. Accordingly, it is not-for-profit, and all funds raised go toward the exhibition costs.
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