Art Friday: Ingrid Siliakus

Artist: Ingrid Siliakus
Born: Netherlands

Unique Paper Architecture

Ingrid Siliakus first discovered paper architecture by seeing work of the originator of this art form Prof. Masahiro Chatani (architect and professor in Japan). He developed this art form in the early 1980's. Ingrid was instantly fascinated by the ingenious manner in which these pieces were designed and by the beauty they radiated. Ingrid studied the originator's work for some years and than started to design herself. Ingrid states that working with this art form has given her personal means of expressing. Her designing skills have grown over the years. Her specialties are buildings of master architects and intricate abstract sculptures. Her source of inspiration by these abstract sculptures are works of artists like M.C. Escher. With buildings she feels attracted to work of Berlage and Gaudi.

So how do you do it: Paper Architecture is the art of creating an object out of a single piece of paper. Before the final design is finished, something like 20 to 30 (sometimes even more) prototypes are made by Ingrid. Drawing paper architecture designs to Ingrid is as building: first one layer, with a single shape, will be drawn and than layer after layer are added. This process continues till she is satisfied with the result. All separate prototypes are cut and folded, to be examined by her. To design a pattern from scratch, the artist needs the skills of an architect to create a two-dimensional design, which, with the patience and precision of a surgeon, becomes an ingenious three-dimensional wonder of paper. After the design stage, creating a paper architecture art work is done by a combination of detailed cutting and folding. The paperweight Ingrid uses for her creations varies from 160 to 300 gram. (sourced from Ingrid's website)

This is so clever - and one wrong move would ruin everything. 

Personal website (link)

China Mansion

Simple mansion

Perhaps you could try this in your next art class!


  1. Wow, those are amazing!! Imagine the patience it would take to create some of those really detailed ones!!!

  2. Oh dear. Just looking at these makes me feel clumsy & like a bull in a china shop. They are utterly gorgeous & so clever!

  3. This lady is amazing!
    I really like the intricacy of her work.
    I've tried doing a VERY simple form of this art form.
    I love it when I see something as clever as she has created in these photos.

    1. Glad you liked her - I would love to see these in really life and see all the detail. She is one talented lady:)


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