Paper-Cut-Project is an 18-month-old collaboration by Nikki Salk and Amy Flurry that creates heavily textured expressive paper sculpture commissions, props and accessories from flat sheets of paper using only a steel blade knife, glue and imagination. Integrating her interest in sculpture with experience as a retail boutique owner, Salk partnered with Flurry, a writer, stylist and editor, to introduce an antidote to the ubiquity of mass-production accoutrements for high fashion and design.
Exploring the transformation of simple sheets of paper and manipulating them into dramatic silhouettes, Salk and Flurry assemble each piece one cut at a time. With no middle ground between sketch and finished product, the all-paper sculptures are constructed from the inside out, each a new pattern upon completion. Working almost exclusively in white Bristol paper, the team achieves an intended effect of depth and detail through the shadows cast in overlapping pieces.
At home on the theatre of runway, in windows installations and editorial as naturally as in a gallery, the paper sculptures work across many disciplines. The two have forged a unique nexus at the intersection of fine art and fashion that has roused the attention of several of the world’s top fashion houses, Hermès and Cartier, and garnered an upcoming show with Jackson Fine Art, an internationally recognized gallery based in Atlanta.Coming iterations of Paper-Cut-Project take shape as collaboration between the practical and the nearly unimaginable. “I want to make our audiences forget about what we’re not supposed to be able to do with paper,” Salk says. The delicate strength of the material plus the rigor and possibility of the sculptural medium have brought Salk and Flurry to an innovative new take on one of the simplest and oldest of materials.
Nikki Salk and Amy Flurry
Amy Flurry is a freelance writer, editor and stylist of fiftheen years with work featured in InStyle, Conde Nast Traveller, O at Home, Four Seasons, House Beautiful, Country Living and Refinery 29. She is a regional editor for Lucky magazine and style editor for the luxury lifestyle publication, The Atlantan. Flurry ahs been identified as an industry authority, serving as a regular guest commentator for Saks 5th’s Avenue’s “Want It” presentation and a regular speaker on trends at the AmericasMart Atlanta and the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Nikki Salk holds a degree in Fine Arts in interior desisn from the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. Her keen understanding of composition and her love of paper are nurtured through papaer sculpture that has been featured on Daily Candy. Former Owner of Addiction boutique in the chic Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Salk has developed a following as a virtual stylist with her blog, Fashion Gatherer.