process and technique

cutting / stacking / organising pixels

All of my pieces require a long preparation period in order to start building up a frame or an object.

Fascinated by colours, it’s a pleasure to prepare the elements (paper rolls or toothpicks) with the spectrum needed

to reflect my idea. I have a cutting machine and I also love to cut by hand with scissors.

Several thousand examples of the same paper shape must be produced before arranging an artwork.

(For example, filling up a masu box with paper stips or gluing confetti to a surface.)

During the long production process of my pieces, I envision ways I might transfer my technique to other materials.

I am always looking for new technical challenges.

This is what happened with my latest creation: from paper strips to coloured toothpick stacking.

see also: toothpick(page under construction)

stacking paper strips

Jacky bild
Jacky beginning
Jacky almost finish
masu vava pict
masu vava new
masu vava black
kanji ai black new
AI almost-black
AI fini black

choice of picture – retouching in photoshop if required – printing – putting in box –

starting to stack paper strips – shaking to insert few more paper strips untill it’s quite full –

exchanging one by one for colour or effect correction – to decide when the picture is finished

stacking paper rolls

Jimi start 169
Jimi almost 1 169
Jimi almost 2 169

same procedure as above except shaking.

exchanging pixels

lune TGF step-1
lune TGF step-2
lune TGF step-3
che transform debut
che transform fin
che transform travail

As the paper rolls are not glued together, I can exchange them one by one. In the end, the frame can be held horizontally, no rolls should fall out. The pressure of all the rolled papers keep them stable in the frame. This is why the frame needs to be strong, made of metall or wood. Otherwise, I risk some bending of the borders;

it becomes aesthetically flawed and difficult to get the right pressure.


colour cor 1
orientation bleu
muster yume

For frames with 2 views, the papers pieces are coloured a special way. Once rolled,

the colours I plan appear on each half of the roll (inside and outside).

All the paper rolls must have the same orientation in the frame in order to reveal the 2 views.

I orient the rolls in the end, after I have filled up the whole frame.