Monday, August 12, 2013

Future updates

 I'm going to be posting future updates here from now on.  Keeping up with a blog, facebook, twitter and a 3 month old baby is too much.

Just finished this piece for Swire Properties:

The piece is 36 x 54 x 6 in
Thea shot all the pics. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

Paperworks at the Berkshire Museum

I have a few pieces at the Berkshire Museum in June

Opening June 15, 2013
Berkshire Museum presents PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material
Works in paper by more than 35 contemporary artists are on view through October 26, 2013

[PITTSFIELD, MA] ― Beginning Saturday, June 15, 2013, Berkshire Museum will present PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, a new exhibition that explores paper as a source of creative inspiration and innovation. PaperWorks features compelling contemporary works of art by more than 35 artists, all made from paper, as well as an array of objects and artifacts that show the uses of paper in industry, science, fashion, and technology. PaperWorks will be on view through October 26, 2013. PaperWorks is proudly sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Onyx Specialty Papers Inc., Interprint, Inc., Crane, and Potsdam Specialty Paper.
The opening reception for PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, will be held on Friday, June 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to preview the exhibition; light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
The exhibition is part of the year-long recognition of the Museum’s 110th anniversary. Berkshire Museum was founded by Zenas Crane, a third-generation papermaker whose descendants are still making fine paper in the Berkshires. In fact, the portion of the exhibition that explores the history of paper around the world includes objects loaned by the Crane Museum of Papermaking.
“In the midst of our 110th anniversary year, PaperWorks is the perfect embodiment of Berkshire Museum’s legacy and promise,” says Van Shields, Berkshire Museum’s executive director. “It celebrates our founder Zenas Crane’s heritage in paper making that continues to be a key industry in the Berkshires, while highlighting our innovative approach to exhibitions designed to explore connections among art, history, and natural science. At its center is a fabulous array of contemporary art works created by some of the nation’s most innovative artists working with paper today.”
“Paper, albeit a commonplace material, can be manipulated in endless ways,” says Maria Mingalone, curator of the exhibition and Berkshire Museum’s director of interpretation. “There are no limits on innovation or creativity when working with this malleable, even magical, material. It can be used to express beauty as well as complex scientific concepts, as a means of communication and record-keeping and as part of the most advanced new technologies.”
The ways paper can be part of art-making are endless: it can be folded and twisted; it can be pierced or cut; it can be pulped and molded. Paper can be used as commonplace wrapping or packaging or as a green material in sustainable design; it can be engineered for use in exacting technology or hand-crafted into a rustic journal. PaperWorks includes delicate origami pieces, large-scale sculptures, re-purposed books, cut-paper animation, works in vivid color or pure white, with every object telling a story.
Among the numerous artists represented in PaperWorks are sculptors, engineers, architects, and designers who manipulate, transform, and re-invent paper. Dai Ban is a Berkshire-based sculptor who recently completed a major commission for Crane & Co., utilizing a paper-like material to create a massive wall installation. Ban created new works specifically for the Paperworks exhibition.
Erik Demaine is a mathematician and professor at MIT who uses paper folding to explain complex mathematical concepts; he is featured in the documentary film “Between the Folds” about the art and science of origami. Martin Demaine, Erik’s father, is an artist-in-residence at MIT and was also in the film. Together, they create complex “curved crease” structures from paper. Michigan-based artist Matthew Shlian describes himself as a paper engineer; he uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture from folded paper and is part of a National Science Foundation-funded project at the University of Michigan uniting artists and scientists for cutting-edge nano-technology applications.
Artist Jen Stark is a Florida native who shows her work across the U.S. She specializes in hand-cut paper sculptures in vivid color, often inspired by microscopic patterns in nature enlarged and amplified. Li Hongbo, who lives and works in Beijing, makes astonishing flexible, expanding figurative sculptures from thousands of meticulously glued sheets of paper. Calvin Nicholls transforms cut paper into astonishingly realistic animal forms, imbued with energy and depth. French artist Béatrice Coron, now based in New York City, creates compelling narratives in exquisitely cut paper.
The exhibition includes cut-paper animation videos by award-winning artist Michel Ocelot as well as video works by Michael Crozier, Steven Briand, Zhe Zhang, and Simon Griesser of Salon Alpin.
The other participating artists are Hina Aoyama, Jaq Belcher, Doug Beube, Brian Chan, Andrea Dezsö, Brian Dettmer, Eric Drury, Nick Georgiou, David Graas, Dylan Graham, Tina Hovsepian, Samantha Huang, Paul Jackson, Michael LaFosse, Guy Laramee, James A. Meyer, Yoshinobu Miyamoto, Daniel Murphy, Michele Oka Doner, Isaac Salazar, Kiff Slemmons, Richard Sweeney, Annie Vought, Thomas Witte, and Ian Wright.
In addition, unique and surprising objects made from paper include a nineteenth-century paper boat, paper dresses from the 1970s, exquisite Asian fans, cut-paper Aztec icons, jewelry, lighting, and furniture. Examples of unique and specialty papers have been provided by Onyx Specialty Papers and Potsdam Specialty Paper.
Special programs
In conjunction with PaperWorks, two special gallery programs will be offered in July and August.
Origami Plus, on Tuesdays at 1 p.m., gives visitors the opportunity to learn the timeless paper folding art form known as origami, as well as other innovative paper folding techniques; each week features new designs and skills. 
On Thursdays at 1 p.m., fold and fly your own paper airplane! Paper Plane Challenge features a new design and a new challenge each week. Instructions will be available as well as paper to develop and experiment with your own paper plane creations.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Apophenia Series at Ghostly


The new series "Apophenia" is available from ghostly.

"There is a term called apophenia, which means seeing patterns where none exist. I think I may have it. This series was made using patterns, but specifically patterns that are dissected and subsequently reconstructed--it is neither an aperiodic nor an asymmetrical tile. It is not completely chaotic--there are moments where the underlying structure is visible--but overall the pattern would be non repeating in the whole, thus non fractal based.  

I've never really set up pieces like this series before and look forward to trying more. I want to see how far I can push the base pattern, forcing the overall piece ever more towards the chaotic."

—Matthew Shlian 

Similar to Matthew Shlian's Tessellation Series from 2001, Apophenia is presented in four distinct moments, like snapshots in the process of pattern creation. The overall pattern is first cut scored onto a base sheet by a plotter cutter. Then, each formation in the series is assembled, with every cell structure added one at a time by hand. Each formation is produced in an edition of 25 and numbered for a series total of 100 (e.g. the first edition of Apophenian Formation 3 is numbered 51/100). 

  • Acid free Black Strathmore paper and PVA Glue
  • Dimensions: 11 1/4" x 11 1/4" x 1/2"
  • Customized packaging to ensure safe delivery
  • Sold unframed

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sesame Street

My episode of Sesame street has aired!!!  The word of the day was "sculpture"  HUGE thanks to Josh, Wendy and the smartest kids in Ann Arbor!

EDIT: It's amazing to see the response from the segment.  We had a blast making it.
Here's the link to the download

Happy folding!

Monday, February 18, 2013

US Tour in March 2013

I may be coming to a town near you in March (if you live in Missouri or North Carolina).
Come say hello.  I'll be tweeting and facebooking specifics- check for details here and here.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


There is a whole bunch of Eight Emperors (Thea & my) work for sale now through the 8th at FAB.COM
Get it now before it's gone. GO

8E subscription series

(guest post by Thea Eck)

The 8E Quarterly Subscription Series is now live! 

Spring's paper piece is We are building and measures 4"x3.5"x2.5"

The 8E Quarterly Subscription features 4 art & design pieces, Spring (March 1), Summer (June 1), Fall (September 1) and Winter (December 1), sent directly to your door. It rotates between paper, wood, ceramic and then a collaborative piece in paper and wood. Each piece is a surprise: It is announced 1 month before the ship date.  It is then available for a 3-month window. You can sign up any time during those 3-months, but after that time period, the piece is then not available until 2 months later in our general collection and at a premium rate.

We are building shown on Blomst Single shelf, found in the Eight Emperors Collection.

For example, if you sign up anytime between February 1 - April 30, you will receive Spring's paper piece, then a wood piece in early June, a ceramic piece in early September and a collaborative piece in early December. If you sign up anytime between May 1 - July 30, you will receive June's wood piece, then September, December and finally March 2014's piece. The 1-year subscription cycles into 2014.

We are building utilizes a curved cut-score technique on a single sheet of acid-free archival paper.

For $200 plus shipping, you receive 4 pieces, handmade in our studios in Ann Arbor, Michigan from archival and sustainable materials. The 8E Quarterly Subscription is a simple way to begin an art & design collection and a great gift for any art & design lover! You can sign up here.

Summer features a wood piece

To get updates about Eight Emperors and to learn about Summer's wood piece on May 1, sign up for our e-newsletter. We don't hound you with emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at hello(at)eightemperors(dot)com. We'd love to hear from you!

Thea & Matt

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Haystack workshop in August

It's now official- I'll be teaching a paper workshop August 25th - 31st at Haystack in Maine. 
8am GONG...noon GONG....6pm GONG!  Come spend a week eating the best food of your life on the water in Maine folding paper.  Get on it!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Eight Emperors is now LIVE.  Thea and I have been hard at work making this collection a reality for a long time.  We have finally launched and are so excited to share this work with everyone. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Levi's flagship stores

I've been designing for the Levi's stores in both SoHo and Union Square.  Pieces are finally up!  Pics by Whitney Dinneweth and Thea Eck.

making of Video coming soon...

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I'm on French TV!! Things get papier at 12 min...any french speakers want to tell me what they said??

Veuillez installer Flash Player pour lire la vidéo

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ghostly at the ADC

installing the piece
the full piece
another view
the ghostly team afterwards
speaking at the ADC on Saturday
the Ghostly team Friday
after the talk this happened

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ghostly at the Art Directors Club

September 13-16th in NYC.
I'll be speaking on Saturday.
Come say Hi

Monday, August 20, 2012

NSF meeting

Our team met altogether for the first time this past week at the studio.  The University thought it would be a good idea to take pictures and video of our brainstorming session.  Here are a few shots.

  Max explains

 John investigates

 PC orders food while I cut

 Nick folds

 John considers a new hat

Sharon is delighted

good things are coming.

Thanks Laura for the shots!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

When you are killing what you are meant to kill there can be no remorse

Here's some in process pics of the new piece.  It's made from 150 feet of black tyvek.  Come see the final piece this September at the Art Directors Club in NYC.  Pretty sure I'll be speaking on Friday the 14th at the show.  More info to follow.

thanks Adam for the title