advertisement advertisement advertisement For centuries, Islamic artists have adorned mosques and palaces with beautifully intricate recurring geometric patterns. Now, the founder of Abu Dhabi-based art studio Ibbini Studio, Julia Ibbini, is using modern technology to transform those centuries-old shapes into gorgeous sculptures. advertisement advertisement 3D forms by layering hundreds of individual sheets until they make a sculptural shape. The sculptures are intricate examples of how precise mathematics and human craft combine to push the boundaries of sculptural form and make layers of cut paper look as delicate as glass. It’s no easy feat. Ibbini explains that every vessel starts with a single arabesque piece that she designs in Adobe Illustrator, which is then repeated a set number of times around an arc, using computer algorithms and custom software tools Noyer designed. They twist the pieces around as they go to decide on the final profile. (Ibbini also makes some pieces she calls “2.5D,” because they have enough layers to accrue mass but are still flat enough to be framed.) When the layers are stacked, they create gracefully curved new forms. Some seem to defy the laws of gravity through the use of negative space. Others seem to perfectly embody the… Read full this story
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