Pictures: Ingrid Siliakus’ paper architecture

Amsterdam-based artist Ingrid Siliakus is also known as a paper architect. designMENA catches up with her for a quick Q&A.

When did you start working on paper architecture?

I first discovered paper architecture upon seeing works of the originator of this art form – the Japanese architect and professor Masahiro Chatani. I was instantly fascinated by the ingenious manner in which these pieces were designed and by the beauty they radiated. I had never seen anything like it. I studied his pattern books for years and then somewhere around 1997, I started making my own designs. I started with simple (buildings) designs and when my designing skills grew over the years, I made more intricate things.

Why did you find this form of art interesting? The fascination is that it all is cut and folded out of a single piece of paper. Also it seems the sky is the limit when it comes to what can be transformed into a paper-architecture design, although, like every technique, it has its limitations. It fascinates me to see how many cuts/folds can be created out of a single piece of paper.

What inspires you to create your works of art? Architecture is a huge inspiration and the work of the Dutch artist M.C. Escher.  Lately my source of inspiration has been skylines (that of Amsterdam and New York for instance).

Is there a particular paper architecture form you’ve created that is your favourite, and why? The ‘Reflection on Sagrada Familia’ is one of my favorites since I think it turned out to be very aesthetic. Furthermore I like ‘Astorga Episcopal Palace’ (incidentally, just like ‘Reflection on Sagrada Familia’, this is also a Gaudi inspired work) just because I like very much the way the lines are constructed both horizontally and vertically, creating, in my view, a quality of harmony.  I also like The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao because it is different than other building works I have made. While it seems that all sides are going in all kind of different directions, the building as a whole has unity and harmony.

What are you working on now? Right now I am mainly working on preparing things for exhibitions, since I have a lot of them going on this year.

To view Siliakus’ website, click here.

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