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Artist Lee Jihee turns paper into intricate sculptures

Paper isn’t just for doodling on. Artist Lee Jihee creates a wide range of objects and scenery using nothing but paper and they’re too good to miss.

I don’t know about you, but I’m personally bored of using paper for conventional means. A notepad for writing on? Lame.

Lee Jihee has a far more creative alternative – delicately crafted paper sculptures of just about everything. He’s well known for his series of old film cameras that pay particular attention to their inner mechanisms. They’re impressive on their own, but even more so when you consider that they’re only made from folded paper.

Jihee has also worked on buildings, cars, animals, flowers, foods, and complex miniature scenes that play with lighting and bright backgrounds. Most of his work uses bold, block colour and minimalistic styles to create a sleek finish. Check out this Farmers Market series, for instance, which plays with conventional packaging designs to give the illusion of real food photography. The ‘100% paper’ label on the plastic cover is a particular highlight.

If transportation is more your thing, Jihee has put together a vehicle series that includes cars and trucks with a variety of extra features. This one was created to advertise an insurance company and has giant eyes on the front window with a simple desert backdrop. We’re not too sure how you’d be able to drive, though, considering you can’t see out of it.

If you’re looking for more of Jihee’s work, make sure to check out his Instagram and visit his website. We’re off to practice our origami skills, though it may take a while to reach this level, mind.