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
Directed, shot and edit by Diana Kunst
Make up & Hair by Adriana Sepúlveda
Styling by Andrea Ferrer
Featuring, Miranda Makaroff & Lourdes Hernández (russianred.es/)
Music by Alastair Cameron - In he grounds of Hogwards
Special thanks to Hotel Osuna, Lydia Delgado, Pedro García, Sam Edelman.
The beauty of taxidermy is that it always paints a positive, if not better portrait of something that once existed. With this, people are not always aware of the stories/circumstances the animals might have actually been in. This film pays tribute to a few of these tales.
Commissioned by London Taxidermy for the launch of Thames & Hudson's new book 'Taxidermy'.