Bringing The Life Cycle Of Water To Life – In Paper

This video shows the  the life cycle of a single drop of water through the pages of an elaborate pop-up book. It contains nine scenes that were animated using 1,000 photographic stills shot over the course of a year.

Revolution is an animated short by photographer Chris Turner, paper engineer Helen Friel and animator Jess Deacon

Helen Friel is a freelance Paper Engineer and Illustrator, living and working in London. In 2009, Helen graduated from Central Saint Martin’s with a First in BA Graphic Design. Her work has been featured in Papercraft, Papercraft 2, Grafik, Design*Sponge Online and Aesthetica Magazines.

The accuracy of paper engineering is what appeals to me most about it. I found the hit and miss nature of drawn illustration quite stressful. With paper, you can keep making and adjusting models until they’re right.” Helen Friel

We enjoyed this behind-the-scenes video of the making of Revolution.

Read an interview with paper engineer Helen Friel here.

Thanks to Emily Marks for bringing this to our attention via the Book Arts Listserv and and for posting about Helen Friel’s project.

If you are interested in exploring paper art yourself, you could start with Bettina Pauly’s Carousel Book Workshop

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