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Paperholm: the paper city

Week 15.0 — 5th February '18

Back in 2014, Charles Young created and began publishing photos of his growing paper city on his Paperholm Tumblr blog. Young uses 200gsm watercolour paper and PVA glue to create the models. The project was conceived to allow Young to contribute one item each day but soon evolved from static photos to animated GIFs of the building. Below are some examples of some of his work for the project.


Where it all began

As with so many other things, Paperholm had humble begins as illustrated by this bungalow style model.


Using the same materials throughout and being able to produce such delicate models is impressive but even more so when you see how they come together.

Paperholm boat Paperholm city

You can find more from Charles Young on tumblr and Instagram and there have been features on the project from designboom, Colossal and VICE.

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  1. 15.1 – Monday
    1. The Cloverfield Paradox trailer Netflix on youtube.com
  2. 15.2 – Tuesday
    1. How maps are printed in 15 photos Future Mapping Co. on twitter.com
    2. How the World's most covetable cameras get made theverge.com
  3. 15.3 – Wednesday
    1. George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars Tiny Desk Concert NPR Music on youtube.com
    2. Three Minutes Apple Singapore on youtube.com
    3. Falcon Heavy Test Flight SpaceX on youtube.com
  4. 15.4 – Thursday
    1. Alice Smith Tiny Desk Concert NPR Music on youtube.com
    2. Jessica Jones Season 2 trailer Netflix on youtube.com
    3. Deadpool, Meet Cable 20th Century Fox on youtube.com
    4. Hands-on with Intel's Vaunt smart glasses The Verge on youtube.com
    5. Did You Know? Disney?Pixar on youtube.com
    6. VENOM teaser trailer Sony Pictures Entertainment on youtube.com
  5. 15.5 – Friday
    1. Your Phone Is Dying CollegeHumor on youtube.com
  6. 15.6 – Saturday
    1. Battery falling down a hole Toby Tripp on twitter.com
    2. The farthest ever photos taken qz.com
  7. 15.7 – Sunday
    1. The Bling Mac toxel.com

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