Working with paper is an art Richard continues. You have to have the right thickness and the right shades of color for the result to be as good as possible, but there are no limitations, that is the best thing about this material. No project is too big or too small.
– Tell me what you want and I'll do it. The only disadvantage that I can think of is if the paper becomes wet. We have had water leaks in the studio sometimes, and if the paper becomes soft, you are screwed, says Richard.
The Snask studio is crowded by cameras, tripods, lights, cardboard, thick and thin paper, scissors, rulers, and everything you can imagine be needed when you create with this type of material. One of the rooms is stacked with Plexi boxes filled to the brim with creations that are no longer used, waiting to be picked up again.
– We have to throw away so much. Some of the stuff ends up here, but we don’t have much room left. Once we built an entire city made from paper, which we then had to throw away. It's a pity, but what can you do, says Richard.
For many years now, the Swedes has been talking about “the death of paper”. It is predicted that newspapers will disappear, book publishers will have to rethink and the emptiness of the public libraries will echo higher than ever. An idea that Richard is very skeptical to.
– The death of paper? Who came up with that? Certainly we will be even more digital, and sure maybe we will work less with printed magazines and books. But what we do at Snask is create things made out of paper, and then photograph or film it. So, our paper work usually ends up as digital art work in the end anyway, he says.
Richard's latest project was made over the course of two weeks, one week to design and produce the paper set design one week to film and edit it. Although work with paper may seem slow in comparison to the process in a computer, it will often go fast. And since Richard and his colleague’s work often with handmade craft, it is difficult to know in advance exactly how a project will end up.
– You never know exactly how the result will be, you can work for hours with something that later turns out to be completely different to what you had first imagined. In a computer, you can quickly undo and redo any mistakes you have made. But that is also the best and the worst thing of working with paper. The mistakes you create in the process of working with paper often become the best parts of the work, which is something you will never be able to create in a computer, says Richard.