Paper cuts | Mandy Smith | TEDxAmsterdam

18 Nov 2016 12:22 4
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Over the last 7 years Mandy Smith has worked with paper as her chosen material. She sent a paper 38,000m into the stratosphere, submerged artwork into fluid and applied the material to installations to see how it can calm the terrifying and explain the difficult.

Her latest project ‘No More Cutting’ was set up as an initiative to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation and paper was used to capture the fragility and beauty of individually crafted paper vaginas. Her talk will take us on a journey through some the paper exploration done so far in the studio and how one blank piece of paper has triggered the ideas hidden within another.

Mandy Smith is an Amsterdam based paper artist of international acclaim. Her studio’s techniques and paper problem solving have crafted a diverse body of work. Her projects include sending a paper rocket into the stratosphere (Heineken’s Legendary Posters), touring museums of the world with a full-sized paper Guillotine that people line up for (Paper Cuts Exhibition), creating a paper globe that can withstand submersion in fluid (3M Science at SXSW) and making sandpaper a relic of delicate delight.

Her expertise extends into film, animation, interactive installations and advertising. These skills and her collaborative spirit have meant her Amsterdam studio has been fortunate enough to bring visions to life for brands and agencies such as Toyota, Coca Cola, Tommy Hilfiger, Google, Heineken, Wieden + Kennedy, 180, VICE and BBDO.

Mandy Smith

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