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Paper Cut Illustration and 3D Model Making by Annemarieke Kloosterhof

By Ann Martin @allthingspaper
I follow Annemarieke Kloosterhof on Instagram where she is @annemarieke.illustration, and trust you'll enjoy seeing the diverse types of art she creates as much as I do. Curious how Annemarieke has been able to accomplish so much in the less than two years since she graduated from Central Saint Martins in London with a BA-Hons degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, I wrote to ask her. Annemarieke's answer is full of good tips, but first, let me show you some of her recent work.
3D Paper Art - 2018 by Annemarieke Kloosterhof
This three dimensional model to kick off the new year is decorated with teeny-tiny, yet perfectly cut geometric details.
3D Paper Art - 2018 (Detail) by Annemarieke Kloosterhof
“Pirate Island” is a collaboration of Annemarieke and Russian photographer Dina Belenko that combines her paper art and illustrative talent with Dina's still life photographic skills.
Pirate Island Paper Art Illustration - Collaboration of Annemarieke Kloosterhof and Dina Belenko
Here Annemarieke is seen creating a paper craft stop motion animation that was commissioned by architecture studio Hassell for one of their new sites.
Paper Stop-Motion Animation for HASSELL - Annemariele Kloosterhof
During the holiday season, The Museum of Architecture in London held a by-invitation-only exhibition called Gingerbread City in which participants designed, built, and decorated custom made gingerbread buildings. Annemarieke collaborated with Emily Garland as @MinistryofMiniatures
and teamed up with the architecture practice, Assorted Skills + Talents, to create a fully edible gingerbread model. Even the hand cut paper was safe to eat!
Gingerbread City - Museum of Architecture Competition
Just for fun, Annemarieke started a cocktail series last summer that began with this gin and tonic.
Hand Cut and Hand Painted Gin and Tonic Paper Illustration by Annemarieke Kloosterhof
An espresso martini followed and she promises to add to the collection as time permits.
Espresso Martini Paper Cut Illustration by Annemariek Kloosterhof
While I'm mentioning drinks, it's the perfect moment to show this Beef Patty Smith burger that Annemarieke created for a rock music-inspired cookbook, Dark Side Of The Spoon.
Paper Art Burger by Annemarieke Kloosterhof
She made a remarkably detailed model of Buckingham Palace to display at a promotional event for G.F. Smith’s Colorplan papers.
 Cut Paper Buckingham Palace by Annemarieke Kloosterhof
Eleven other paper artists from The Paper Artist Collective also made London landmarks using only the Colorplan range. Each model was displayed as a table centerpiece on a tall stack of paper sheets.
Paper Cut Buckingham Palace by Annemarieke Kloosterhof - Detail
This multi-layered paper cut piece, a recreation of an MRI scan, depicts a dementia-ravaged brain. It and Annemarieke's Cutting Away Cancer project were created to create awareness of the two diseases.
Visualizing Dementia Paper Art by Annemarieke Kloosterhof
Annemarieke explained that her work is very varied... she is active in film and TV art departments, as well as a self-employed paper artist. Model making for art directed photo shoots, still life editorials, and advertisements kept her busy this past year. She looks forward to working on a paper craft-based stop motion animation film in the future.
Visualizing Dementia Paper Art (Detail) by Annemarieke Kloosterhof
She credits the success she has achieved in the short eighteen months since graduation to a lot of hard work.
If you're passionate about something you just have to go for it... it's been a roller coaster so far, but a brilliant one! I don't think I would be where I am today if I had stayed in the little village in Holland and hadn't moved to London. Broadening my horizon and going outside my comfort zone really expanded my cultural, creative and general knowledge. I had some absolutely brilliant tutors both during my Foundation Year and my BA at CSM, and it was always truly inspiring and motivating to see the work of my fellow classmates and give each other feedback. Of course London is inspirational in itself with all its museums, architecture, and range of industries and cultures, but I find that most of the work I've done has been because of the people.
I've been very lucky to work with some really lovely artists, clients, and assistants who have enabled me to do a lot of collaborative projects, which in turn then lead to future ones! It's all about sticking your neck on the line and just trying to reach out to people who inspire you and you want to work with/for... networking is a massive part of the creative industry, both in person and via social media. There's so many little elements that play a massive part once they happen at the right time... I find it fascinating. My life is basically a chain reaction of hundreds of little butterfly-effects!
See more of Annemarieke's work at and via Instagram.

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