Motion Slickness



Matt Shlian's transformers are more than meets the eye

We’re accustomed to the idea of paper as a flat medium, because it starts out as 2 dimensional sheets. But Matt Shlian works in more than 2 dimensions: he constructs paper sculptures that transform and have volume and shape, and while he often creates beautiful static sculptures like many other paper artists, he goes one step further by adding the dimension of time. From flat, folded constructs that grow into spiky paper foliage, to flip-book animations created by cutting, to books that explode into shapes reminiscent of blooming flowers or frilled dragons, he likes that surprise element of motion and change. And fortunately he’s got the movies to document them. Check out some of his entertainingly creative sculptures, as they unfold and transform before your eyes.


Misfold v2

Cut Out Flip Book

Hex Chain

Exhale Book


Evil Book (I love this one – it reminds me of something I saw on Harry Potter)

For more of Matt Shlian’s work, you can visit his website at

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George G., Creative Director At Large, is a New York-based art director whose work spans everything from store display to interactive media. Also an accomplished artist, his illustrations have been published and exhibited in various galleries in New York. Being a self-professed design junkie, he is constantly on the lookout for what’s new and fresh in the worlds of art and design.

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