When German graphic designer Peter Dahmen was in college, he was tasked with creating something three-dimensional out of paper. While constructing the project was no problem for him, he realized that a paper sculpture, being by nature quite delicate, would most likely get damaged on his commute to class, which included taking a train. So, to avoid the damage, Dahmen decided to figure out a way to make his sculpture collapsible, folding down into a flat parcel, a la a pop-up book.
From there, Dahmen”s love of the pop-up paper sculpture took off. He became fascinated with the mechanism of the pop-up and created more and more, each project getting more intricate. Today, he works as a paper engineer (yes, that”s a thing), creating paper crafts, promotions and exhibits for all manner of clients.
HIs work can be intricate, yet simple.
It”s also delicate and beautiful.
But some of his projects are also bright and light hearted.
Dahmen also recently collaborated with filmmaker Christopher Helkey for a short video in which he discusses his craft, how much he loves working with paper, and his encouraging message for artists. You can also see him at working on some new projects. If you”re interested in seeing more of Dahmen”s work–and there”s a lot more–can be seen on his YouTube channel.