Paper Artist Peter Dahmen

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart”

~ William Wordsworth

You might have noticed from my recent posts that I seem to have become slightly obsessed with all things paper.

It is partly a symptom of the way in which information comes to us these days.  Anything viewed online links seamlessly to other related material.  This is both useful and scary.

It has, however, presented me with yet another form of paper creativity – the magic of pop-up art.

Ingenious, incredible and imaginative, Matthew Reinhart has produced numerous pop-up books for children.  In this short video, you can see some of his amazing work, along with a commentary on how he achieves it.  We also receive a valuable life lesson: that the impossible is indeed possible if we do not let perceived boundaries hold us back.


Peter Dahmen creates stunning geometric and organic designs, as you will see in this next video.  I love how his passion for his craft shines through as he talks about his creations.  And he also gives us an essential life lesson:  don’t give up.  Push through the ‘ugly’ to reach the beautiful.

These artists exemplify the joy of creativity.  Producing something miraculous out of something so simple, not for any utility, but for the sheer delight of the experience.

May all your creative endeavours, whatever form they may take, bring you the same blissful pleasure. 🙂

“A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner—continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you—is a fine art, in and of itself.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear