Paper Dandy AKA Marc Hagan-Guirey, is a contemporary artist practising the highly specialised art of Kirigami. He burst onto the art scene in 2012 with his critically acclaimed exhibition 'Horrorgami'.
Armed only with a scalpel, he painstakingly transforms an ordinary sheet of single A4 paper into a breathtaking piece of three-dimensional architecture. He also hates talking in the 3rd person but it makes for a better read.
It is with great excitement Marc is announcing his new project -
'CUT SCENE: 12 Kirigami Models Inspired by Scenes from Star Wars cut from a Single Sheet of Paper'.
The 'Cut Scene' Exhibition
As a life long fan of the Star Wars saga, it’s Marc’s ambition to continue working in the realm of film culture. He aims to create a body of work inspired by scenes from their legendary narratives via his craft of kirigami. Like his previous exhibition 'Horrorgami' the work will be presented within light boxes.
The traditional gallery/artist set up is that the gallery takes a cut of the sales profits using a portion of this to produce the exhibition.
Marc is not affiliated with Lucas Film or Disney or doesn't hold a license to sell official merchandise, therefore he will not be selling editions of the art.
This means the funds must come from elsewhere. His goal isn't to make a profit - it's simply to produce the exhibition so that Star Wars fans can enjoy seeing the unique kirigami models in their physical form. Every penny will go towards making a better gallery experience.
To date, Marc has financed his project alone, having already designed and made half of the models and had 2 of the display cases manufactured, but now must ask for help in raising £16,500. With your support he can produce a truly magical exhibition and share his meticulously crafted Cut Scene collection with the Star Wars community.
Once the target is met any extra funding will go towards improving the exhibition, be it adding more pieces to the collection or even touring the show!
How it all Started
Marc burst onto the arts scene in 2012 with his solo exhibition 'HORRORGAMI'. The show was a collection of 13 original kirigami models based on the famous buildings from horror films and TV. The exhibition attracted attention from respected news, arts & cultural magazines and websites such as the BBC, Wired and Creative Review. By the time the show was open to the public Time Out magazine placed Horrorgami at the top of the ‘Hot List’, naming it the ‘best event to visit in London’ that week. Since then he has gone on to create work for clients such as Samsung Galaxy, Procter & Gamble and Decorex International. In 2014 Marc was very honoured to be approached by the Terrence Higgins Trust (charity) to create a unique kirigami model to be sold as part of The Auction 2014 at Christies. The work sold to an absentee bidder for £19,000.
You can find out more about Marc's work on his website: paperdandy.co.uk
Images of the rewards will be added soon. In the mean time here's a photo the light-boxes already produced.
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Even if you can't pledge please help by sharing the campaign on your social media channels!
Please use the hashtags:
PaperDandy, #CutScene, #MayThe4th and copy in @PixelDandy Twitter.
Risks and challenges
Marc is confident he can create some beautiful work for you to see. The main challenge is producing the exhibition itself. Putting on an show in central London is expensive stuff, even with a target set at £16,600!
Hiring a gallery space that is easily to get to, will do the work justice, invigilation (the people who work look after the show), signage, promotion (so people know about it) - approximately 25% of the funding will go there. I have a space in mind already, however if the target is surpassed I'll aim to move it to a slightly more central and bigger space.
Each of the lightboxes are bespoke made and approximately 25% of the finding will go on that. Because of the (hopefully) huge amount of generosity shown by pledgers, 20% of the money will go towards making the rewards. I'll be especially keen to direct more funding towards making better quality rewards if the target is surpassed. Approximately 30% of the funding will be used to cover Kickstarter fees and VAT liabilitiesLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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