Matthew Shlian works within the increasingly nebulous space between art and engineering. As a paper engineer, Shlian's work is rooted in print media, book arts, and commercial design, though he frequently finds himself collaborating with a cadre of scientists and researchers who are just now recognizing the practical connections between paper folding and folding at microscopic and nanoscopic scales.
An MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy, Shlian divides his time between teaching at the University of Michigan, mocking up new-fangled packaging options for billion dollar blue-chips, and creating some of the most inspiring paper art around.
Ghostly teamed up with the Ann Arbor-based photographer and videographer Jakob Skogheim, to produce this feature short, which combines interview and time-lapse footage of Shlian creating several stunning new pieces.
Directed by Jakob Skogheim
Produced by Jakob Skogheim for Ghostly International
Music by Shigeto from the "Lineage" EP
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Great film. But why do people that make a living creating art / music always talk of the pain of being a artist. Working in factory, with no options of anything better is pain. Working beyond pain to provide for your family is sacrifice. Get over yourselves.