Paper Cut-out Models

There’s something wonderfully dreamy about paper cut-out models. They inspire the imagination through the possibility of realisation by putting something together with one’s own hands.

The result is a small facsimile of some object or structure. In postcard format they supply rather cheap and uncomplicated miniatures for that personal curiosity cabinet or spot on the window sill that holds the remnants of one’s travels or an oddball set of collectibles.

Lighthouse
Coastal Canada Cut-outs by Fill-a-Niche Trading Company Ltd.
Ravattulan Ristimäki
Ravattulan Ristimäki (Cross Hill in Ravattula village), a 1:250 scale model of the oldest church remains in Finland.
Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, designed by architect P.J.H. Cuypers 1885.

As can be seen from these examples, they are available as postcards and single fold greeting cards, but assembly will destroy the original object. It is often tempting to do just that. Get out the scissors and glue to see how it will look when it’s put together.

But I have, until now, always decided against that. I like them better this way, the way that they are flattened and can be read segment, a kind of pattern.

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