THE TEAR SHEET
SHREDDY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP
French photographer Damien Blottiere is cutting edge-y
Usually people use a shredder to get rid of and recycle their stuff, but here’s a case where it’s the defining factor for artistic expression. Damien Blottiere is not only a fashion photographer, he’s also a stylist and an artist who works a lot with paper. His low-fidelity approach to image creation evokes simple school play backdrops, fauvist found-art installations, Dali-esque cubic constructions, and yes, shredded recyclables. It’s this very hand-hewn take that makes his work stand out from the normally sleek and glossy standards of the fashion industry. Blottiere’s props, backdrops and fashion collages provide an unexpected contrast for high fashion clothing, giving his photos an edgy quality.
all images © Damien Blottiere, courtesy of Art List Paris
But I was particularly drawn to the portraits of male models in his Unraveled series ( top two images, above). Photographs were shredded then pieced back together just barely, resulting in faces that were more than slightly askew. The effect not only gives the images movement and energy, but because of the nature of a shredder, it seems to imply that these were expressions you weren’t supposed to see, like it was information someone wanted to get rid of. If I were to look for deeper meaning, I’d say it’s an unexpected commentary about men and their often hidden feelings.
Of course, he could have just done it for the cool shredding effect.
Whichever the case, it did inspire me to think of men and shredded paper. With Father’s Day approaching, I saw these photographs as inspiration for a masculine but effective way to gift wrap an unusually-shaped gift: a bottle of wine. You usually plop a gift of vino into a pre-made bag and it’s done – no special reveal, no additional trappings before the recipient reads the wine label. But one of the best things about receiving a present is opening up an attractive package. With a bit of effort, you can make even the usual gift of wine into more of an event.
I used solid colored Kate’s Paperie tissue paper to keep things more masculine, but adding texture through shredding. You can use the folds in the tissue as guides to cut bands of paper, then shred them in even distances along one folded side, to make looped strips. Wrap a bottle of wine with some tissue and secure with tape, then pinch and attach the strips of paper around the bottle with more tape, from the neck down, like the leaves of an artichoke. Alternate colored tissue for added visual appeal until halfway down the bottle. A folded band of tissue around the last shredded band hides all the tape, and a black ribbon coordinates nicely with a very masculine black paper wine bag.
Obviously a gift of wine would be perfect for any number of occasions, whether as a hostess gift, a graduation or birthday present, or my particular favorite, Just Because. Just change up the colors to suit the occasion or recipient. You can get all the materials for this wine bottle gift wrap at any of the Kate’s Paperie stores.
For more information and inspiring pics from Damien Blottiere, visit his online portfolio on the Art List website.
If you have any questions, comments or other feedback about The Tear Sheet, be sure to let us know by emailing us at email@example.com.
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.
- Origami Swamis, Paper cranes are classic and beautiful, but in the new world of origami, science and mat... Aug 02 2010 16:40:00
- Page Turner, German graphic designer Peter Dahmen can make a paper page burst to life. A graphic des... May 24 2010 14:01:00
- Not Just Another Pretty Lace, While I've talked about various artists and designers on The Tear Sheet, s... May 20 2010 16:50:00
- Heartwork, Graphic artist/designer extraordinaire Marian Bantjes is renowned for her lush, intricate des... Apr 10 2010 23:46:00
- Head Trip, The Ostrich from Lucas Zanotto on Vimeo. Lucas Zanotto is an animator who does commercial ... Mar 12 2010 10:55:00
- Special Delivery, Kate's Paperie will send you paper goods shipped via UPS, but in a beautiful case of &... Feb 17 2010 12:10:00
- Pixel Perfect, Life as we know it has been redefined by digital media, with information for everything w... Nov 12 2009 16:14:00
- Make a Date of It, Well, actually, I don't know how long it took him, but it IS a calendar. And if his s... Nov 09 2009 13:17:00
- Read Into It, In the realm of fantasy stories, there has been many a tale where characters sprin... Oct 07 2009 08:26:00
- Shadow Plays, When you think of paper cutwork, the word "delicate" will likely come to... Sep 28 2009 11:06:00
- Super Models, You can't help but marvel at the work Chris Gilmour puts into his cardboar... Sep 04 2009 14:28:00
- The Living Shred, I could definitely do with storing less stuff. I've got boxes upon boxes of receipts f... Aug 21 2009 17:07:00
- Motion Slickness, We're accustomed to the idea of paper as a flat medium, because it starts out as 2 dim... Aug 11 2009 15:04:00
- Art Speaks Volumes, There are people who like to dog-ear their books, but Sam Winston takes it... Aug 06 2009 12:25:00
- Sheets Happen, The first thing that strikes you about Alida Sayer's work is that it has so much ... Jul 31 2009 13:28:00
- Architexture, The first thing you notice is how intensely intricate the installations are. Refer... Jul 23 2009 14:39:00
- Owl Take It, So, a little pop culture reference today. If you're like me, you're well aware that the lat... Jul 15 2009 16:37:00
- Flowerfull, Zoe Bradley is one of our favorite paper artists here at Kate's Paperie. On a personal level... Jul 08 2009 18:31:00
- Crease Is The Word, Just when I thought I might know all the ways to work with paper, I discover somethi... Jun 30 2009 12:55:00
- Looking Sharp, When people refer to fashion as edgy, I don't think they mean it quite so literally as ar... Jun 24 2009 11:12:00
- Pulp Fashion, When I was in third grade, my mom stayed up all night and created a top hat out of p... Jun 15 2009 14:33:00
- Boxing Clever, I've been blogging a lot about paper artists, but here's a completely different kind of e... Jun 04 2009 16:23:00
- We <3 Paper Art, It seems like everyday there are big things happening in the field of paper art... May 29 2009 14:28:00
- All The Bright Moves, Johnny Kelly is a graphic designer with a very playful design style. At first glan... May 26 2009 14:22:00
- Taping it To The Next Level, Creativity isn't dependent on the materials you use, but sometime... May 14 2009 15:14:00
- It's All Write, In the instant gratification of modern electronic communications, we email, PM, SMS and ... Apr 29 2009 15:23:00
- Typocrafty, Perhaps because of the ubiquity of slick, computer-aided work, there has been a renewed inte... Apr 24 2009 14:25:00
- This Fold Thing, Ever since sharp creases and paper crane motifs appeared up in Dior's Spring 2007 coutu... Apr 15 2009 16:53:00
- Welcome to The Tear Sheet, Great design ideas are everywhere and inspiration can come from the most unli... Apr 10 2009 19:05:00