…Peter Dahmen is a paper engineer. Which in practice is totally different than, say, a mechanical engineer or a civil engineer, but in principle maybe not so much. Engineers solve problems, and Dahmen does technically solve problems. Even if they are just made of paper. For the past 25 years the German graphic designer has been creating impossible-looking pop-up sculptures out of the material. Dahmen is deft with a pair of scissors and a tube of glue. He’s quick—but accurate—with a cut and a fold. These skills have led to some pretty neat creations.
Dahmen has always been interested in paper. Even as a child he recalls rather spending time in his room, cutting and painting rather than playing football outside. But it wasn’t until the late 1980s when his graphic design teacher gave him the task of creating a three-dimensional graphic from a piece of paper that the idea of pop-ups struck him. Without a car, there was no easy way to transport his homework. Unless he folded it. Dahmen realized he had a knack for folding and cutting and began exploring new ways to create pop-up sculptures….
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