A hand-cut paper sculpture, inspired by the shadow-play of three-dimensional letterforms.
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Sydney-based paper artist Bianca Chang is a testament to doing things your own way. After dropping out of her degree programme, the ambitious artist and designer continued to build her portfolio, working at a small book publisher in Singapore before returning to Sydney and a job at Frost Studio.
While working in Frost’s branded environments division, she became interested in designing signage that wasn’t “in your face” by using the play of shadows on tone-on-tone pieces to create detail, depth and tactility.
Her hand-plotted graphic paper sculptures are created using anywhere from 40 to 360 sheets of recycled paper (she prefers the greyish off-white colour because it catches shadows better). These are cut by hand with a surgical blade, which she replaces after every 50 sheets to maintain precision.
“Paper seemed like a natural thing for me to use,” she says. “It’s born out of familiarity — and being a graphic designer, I had a strong connection with it. I just needed to develop my own way of using it.”
Chang’s emphasis is on craft rather than showy graphics. However, she found early on that few people actually grasped the concept, and that most assumed the paper was laser cut. Her solution was to create stop-motion videos, a move that has seen her art practice gain a momentum of its own online.
These days she works full-time at the Mark Gowing Design agency while also building up to an exhibition of her work and lecturing at the University of Technology, Sydney. And only now, she jokes, has her mother stopped telling her off for not finishing her degree.
TEXT SAM EICHBLATT
Name: Bianca Chang
Occupation: Graphic designer/paper artist
Background: Self-taught, and has worked for design agencies in Singapore and Australia, including Frost Studio and Mark Gowing Design.
Clients: Private clients
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