Digital vs Hand Cut

Eiko Ojala

Eiko Ojala

Eiko Ojala

Anna Härlin

Anna Härlin

Anna Härlin

I always find it interesting that in our world of computers and digital media artists like to imitate paper. With Photoshop and Illustrator, designers are able to add a paper texture or use a drop shadow to make these imitations look more realistic. To me, it will always lack the depth and impact you achieve from the real thing. With Eiko Ojala work, he melds both digital and paper together using real paper layered on top of one another and then adds shadows and details to enhance each layer. His work keeps me on my toes because I am never quite sure if the details are digitally enhanced or actually cut out.

I have a soft spot for paper crafts like Anna Harlin’s highly detailed structures that only uses paper to create the end product. A good portion of my college career as an art major involved me spending hours upon hours cutting out paper sculptures. I guess that could be why I hold such a high regard for Harlin’s work. It takes time, a steady hand, and dedication to create paper art.