A material with memory
It all starts with hundreds of strips of paper in different colors. Strips that Gunjan Aylawadi then wraps around a thin steel wire. As paper is a material with “memory”, the strip is not smoothed out when the steel wire is removed, but stays rolled up. With these rolled-up paper strips Gunjan starts the process of gluing them together to form different patterns, always based on some geometric constrains. For example: how can four circles be used in different combinations to make interesting patterns?
Gunjan has worked as a paper artist for the past six years, and her method has gone from more traditional techniques of cutting paper to this new style of “weaving” together paper strips in different colors to form unique 3D-patterns.
– There have been a couple of bumps in the road along the way, and it wasn’t always obvious that I was going to be an artist. Growing up in India, my life was pretty much set up for me: I was going to be an engineer. But life wanted something else, says Gunjan Aylawadi.