Born in Hong Kong and now based in Pittsburgh, PA, artist Bovey Lee painstakingly hand cuts astonishingly intricate designs and scenes on large sheets of thin Chinese rice paper. These mesmerizing works are as awesomely detailed as they are delicate. Look closely and you’ll discover cityscapes hidden among leaves and grass or cars driving along what you first took to be blades of grass. Practically weightless all by them selves, Lee mounts her fragile cut paper pieces on silk before they’re hung on gallery walls.

Visit Bovey Lee’s cut paper gallery to check out more of her amazing cut paper creations.

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Chances are good you’ve got some buttons stashed away somewhere. They fall off our clothes or come with new clothing as spares in tiny pouches. What do you do with those orphan buttons? Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel (previously featured here) uses buttons - so many buttons - to create intricate works of art, including a new series of monochromatic celebrity portraits.

"I realize how insignificant and small a simple sewing button can be as it lays in my grandmother’s sewing box, but at the same time how unique and precious it can become as part of a work of art. Like an atom in a molecule, each button serves and shapes the whole. I hold the button to my ear and it whispers to me, ‘I want to be…..’"

To create these pieces Esquivel uses hundreds of monofilament strings upon which he painstakingly threads thousands of buttons into hanging chains, similar to how our friend Kevin Champeny strings his awesome GummiBear Candeliers. When all of the button strings are hung side by side they form a pixelated image, such as the faces of Salvador Dalí, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn seen here.

Over the years Esquivel has strung countless buttons to create many things, including a recreation of the Mona Lisa. But our favorite piece has got to be his Mounted Unicorn Head, because Unicorns.

Visit Augusto Esquivel’s website and Facebook page to check out more of his beguiling buttonwork.

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Artist Rogan Brown creates incredibly elaborate and delicate paper sculptures using layers of hand-cut watercolor paper. His latest piece, entitled Outbreak, is “based on the smallest structures found within the human body: cells, microbes, pathogens, and neurons.” Brown spent 4 months painstakingly designing, cutting and assembling this awesomely intricate piece, which he describes as an exploration “of the microbiological sublime.”

Here Brown explains a bit about his creation process:

"I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings, these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed."

Further proof that Art + Science = Awesome

Visit Rogan Brown’s website to check out more of his fascinating artwork.

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London-based artist Rob Ryan creates astonishingly intricate and moving papercut works of art. Depending on size and intricacy, Ryan spends up to several weeks working on a single piece, each of which contains a painstakingly rendered text message turning his beautiful image into an emotional love letter. For example, the impossibly tiny text in the piece at the top of this post reads, “I always said that I’d do anything for you, now you know I meant it. There isn’t a sea wide enough that I wouldn’t cross to be with you again.”

Ryan’s artwork is part of a new book by papercraft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve, entitled Paper Cut, which features extraordinary works of art by 25 of the world’s most exciting papercraft artists and illustrators. (The book comes out on June 1st, click here to order.)

Visit Rob Ryan’s website to check out many more of his amazing cut paper creations.

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New York City-based artist James Haggerty creates incredibly intricate mosaic portraits of Star Wars characters using tens of thousands of multi-colored staples punched into painted boards. Haggerty’s Darth Vader piece, entitled The Side, measures 40” x 32” and is made of 10,496 staples (7,696 silver and 2,800 red). Greedo’s unmistakable green mug is made of 21,458 staples and it took 33,580 staples to create C-3PO’s worried face.

Visit James Haggerty’s Facebook page for additional images of his geektastic artwork.

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These awesomely intricate layered cut paper sculptures are the work of Virginia-based artist and professor Eric Standley. We shared some of his beautiful creations here last year, but these photos provide a much better look at just how astonishingly delicate and intricate Standley’s creations are. They’re incredibly complex stained glass windows without the glass.

Visit Eric Standley’s website to check out more of his awesome paper art.

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American artist Michael Mapes reinterprets famous portraits by the Dutch Masters by creating intricately detailed collages using hundreds of collected specimens. Each complex piece is comprised of a long list of items such as photographic prints, insect pins, pinning foam, gelatin capsules, glass vials, painted canvas, cast resin, pill organizer, plastic specimen bags, cotton thread, costume jewelry, and sequins.

"Deconstructing photos of actual paintings by such masters as Rembrandt and Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy, Mapes recreates the original picture piece by piece, using countless collage materials and even biological findings like eyelashes and hair. The painstaking detail is almost unimaginable; tiny fragments carefully positioned on the tops of pins are compiled closely next to each other. From close range, the dissected pixels can be discerned for their type and texture, while at a distance, the entire human likeness becomes clear."

Three of Michael’s pieces will be shown as part of the Face to Face exhibition opening at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana on March 20, 2014.

Visit designboom to view more of Michael Mapes’ extraordinary artwork.

Kansas-based origami artist Joel Cooper creates awesomely intricate three-dimensional masks and geometric shapes, each using a single sheet of paper. In keeping with origami tradition, no cutting or glue is used to make these paper sculptures. Some of his pieces are hand-painted, dyed, or stained both before and after the complex folding process. As a final touch, each piece is treated with polyurethane, acrylic or shellac to make it sturdy enough to display.

Head over to Joel Cooper’s Flickr stream to view more of his beautiful origami art. Original pieces are available to purchase via his Etsy shop.

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The first time we posted about the wonderful work of origami artist Matthieu Georger (previously featured here) it was to share his incredible cobra. Last month Mattheiu created this awesome T-Rex Skeleton based on a design created by the late Japanese origami master Issei Yoshino. It was folded using 2 sheets of mc [Methyl Cellulose] treated tissue paper.

Check out Matthieu Georger’s Flickr page for more of his amazing origami creatures.

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