Wednesday, December 23, 2009

drift series 2009

drawn with mont blanc pens

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Do you love glitchy electronic German ambient music and drawings by Matt Shlian?? Today your ship has come in:

Check out "Entanglements in the Orthopedic Sensorium" by Andrew Pekler with cover art by Matt Shlian!
Limited Edition of 300. Go here to see more

Thursday, October 15, 2009

PAPERCRAFT from gestalten

Just got this from my Fed Ex man. This book is HUGE. plus there's a disc in the back with animations and fold patterns.

I have a few pieces in it.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Matt Shlian at the DIA

Sunday the 11th at noon I'll be folding paper and hanging out at the Detroit Institute of Art. Come stop by and say hello.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Misfold at the UICA

After opening night, the piece is in the top 25 out of 1200 artists!!! Thanks to everyone for the support! Please help spread the word- anyone near Grand Rapids MI Come out to VOTE!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


If you want me to win this Artprize loot:

You need to register to vote in person in Grand Rapids from Sept 23rd- 30th.

You can then vote online at - just search for Shlian or "misfold"

You can also text your vote to 878787. Then text "vote25111".

If I win I'm taking you all to chili's.


if you want more info go here

EDIT: sadly I did not win the art prize loot. The piece did finish in the top 3%! Thanks to all the supporters and people that voted! maybe next year...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Just had dinner with Lawrence Weschler. my mind is racing.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Robots etc

The first 100 copies of PAPERCUTS have sold out and I'm waiting for the second shipment to arrive. You can purchase it right now at the robot store in Ann Arbor, the DIA Beacon in New York and a few other museums around the country next week, but why wait?- get it direct from the source here.

I have major plans on winning this artprize in grand rapids. So much so that I've enlisted the help of electronics gurus Conor Peterson and Bob Stack for robotic and installation help. I have 24 feet of robotic Tyvek and 2 mad scientists. I hope that check for $250,000 is a giant novelty check.

I'll be at the Detroit Institute of Art showing my work and folding some paper October 11th. Come stop by and say hello from 12 -4.

I'll be at the robot store (aka 826 michigan) in Ann Arbor on liberty street October 3rd offering a free workshop for kids in celebration of the Where the Wild things Are movie. Space is limited and we will be making sweet monster pop ups. Visit 826 here and sign up!

I'll be representing Michigan in a 50 artist show at the Eclipse Gallery in Wisconsin in September.
Collapsible paper represent!

I'm also in a show at the Florida craftsman called scissors: pop up. Check them out here.

Lastly, Gestalten is starting to promote their new book called papercraft- check out this animation!!!! Thrilled to be in the book, can't wait to see it.

School begins next week and I'm excited to meet all my new students! This year is going to rock.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chris Williams rules the GALAXY

This paper Vader is available as a bonus included in PAPERCUTS!!
order now- next shipment due in about a week.

more from chris!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Book is out, Talk is up and Art prize is ON

The PAPERCUTS book has shipped. All copies are signed, include a disc and are killer. Get one now: here!

Our talk from the Chicago Humanities Festival from last November is live at the CHF site. Check it out!

Get yourself to Grand Rapids to vote in the art prize from September 23rd- October 10th
I'm creating a gigantic robotic Tyvek monster. Michael Flynn is helping.

Vote Shlian!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Freiburg Im Breisgau

Two students dissect the work

I Just returned to the states from a week long trip to Germany. I met up with the students at IMTEK- The Institute of Microsystem Technology at the University of Freiburg. I did a presentation of my work then conducted a workshop showing them how to fold paper- they plan on using paper folding techniques on the micro (and possibly nano) scale! One student was looking to adapt a rotating design I made into an aperture for optical devices. There is so much to discover on such a tiny level!

I had a few days to check out Freiburg and the black forest. Tried to find a cuckoo clock but was unlucky in my attempts.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Seeds 2.0 limited edition

5.625 x 8.125 inches
bic pen drawing
edition of 100

$50 (US shipping)
$55 (world shipping)

going fast


Tuesday, June 30, 2009


postcards have been sent out. yes, they fold up.

front cover

Just got the proofs in the mail. Looks pretty great- needs some color adjustment and a few spelling corrections.

There are a handful of talented designers working on top secret alternative versions for the included cd- its going to be killer.

cosmonaut alternative

paper jim royle alternative.

preorder here

books ship out august 15th!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

paper, tear fold, rip crease now available

Just got my copy in the mail. Really nice book- good job Paul!


pg 60

noriko ambe killing it!

get it at amazon


Saturday, June 20, 2009

PAPERCUTS pre order!

Ships August 15th.

you can pre order your copy here, or if you live outside the USA you can get one here.

get ready.


Friday, June 19, 2009


Look out Europe!

I'll be in Freiburg in late July at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies
I'm giving a talk about my work and doing some paper folding research with the scientists and researchers there.
If you will be near the black forest region between july 21st-27th let me know and we can meet up!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

papercuts: closer

This book is getting closer to being finished. This week I'm writing instructions for assembly and working on general layout. I am so excited. It's shipping with a dvd containing pdf's and blank templates. YES!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Papercraft book: July 09

I've been busy working on my book of Papercraft. Today I'm working on a Sasquatch. If you have ideas for people or things to be made -Let me know!



lil paper engineers (and their cats)



these two


3 headed dogs

this guy

old folks

look out

(edit: here is the Sasquatch)