We at TAE have a strong love for the unusual but artsy things, and Eric Standley’s cut paper windows are right up our alley. His works are a combination of the beauty of Gothic and Islamic architecture, crafty stacked laser cut paper, and a lot of patience. Some of his works have as much as a hundred sheets apiece!

He jokingly calls his artwork “folk math,” but this Virginia-based artist’s works are beyond cutting edge (pun intended). He does all the planning, drawing, and assembly by himself, the process taking months to complete. If you’d like to see the steps in video, check this out:

Don’t get him wrong though – other than this hobby of his, Eric has won countless awards and has a lot of professional experience under his belt. He even received a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. On top of that, he’s also an Associate Professor of Studio Art and is the Foundations of Art and Design Coordinator for the School of Visual Arts over at Virginia Tech. Talk about doing what you love for a living!

Here are just some of his works:

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Right now he has some of his works on display as part of “Fold, Paper, Scissors” in Arizona’s Mesa Arts Center, as well as having a feature in the Paul Heussenstamm book MAndala Masterworks. Visit Eric’s website for more info.

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