Lorraine Nam

Illustrations & Distractions by Lorraine Nam
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Parks are funny things. The purpose of parks is to enjoy nature but in a very convenient and well manicured way. The grass is always cut, there are sidewalks to walk on if you’re wearing nice shoes, and there are benches to sit on. It’s a very pleasant way to enjoy nature in a “please, don’t get me dirty with dirt” way. That’s probably why I enjoy going to parks. 

I especially love going to Central Park. Although it is a bit of a trek from Brooklyn, Central Park is incredibly beautiful and incredibly huuuuge. This cut paper piece is a map of all my favorite places including the Carousel, the statue of Balto, theConservatory Water where Stuart Little raced his boat and the Waterfall in the Loch

While I was working, I thought it would be fun to record my progress. Enjoy!


Happy New Year! Cheers to 2012 - the Year of the Dragon, which is also the year I was born. I can already feel my luck changing and my artist block lifting. I have a few projects on my plate that I’m really excited to share but for now, here’s a detail shot of something I started in 2011 and am currently working on. Can you tell who that is?

Check it out! I’m so excited to finally tell you that my pieces are published in Papercraft 2: Design and Art with Paper alongside some amazing artists!

"With an unparalleled collection of new and groundbreaking projects, Papercraft 2 is an inspiring up-to-the-minute survey of current developments in contemporary design with paper. In addition to more outstanding 3D graphic design, illustration, complex spatial installations, objets d’art, and motion design, the book and free included bonus DVD present work from an even broader range of creative disciplines including scenography, fashion design, and advertising, which have discovered the versatility of this basic material in the last few years. Clearly advancing the handicraft used in earlier pieces, these are setting prevailing trends and inspiring the future evolution of work with paper to even greater creative heights.”

lorraine nam papercraft 2 cover

lorraine nam papercraft 2 cut paper

lorraine nam papercraft 2 cut paper book


The fact that Central Park will soon be home to a dozen animal heads each weighing up to half a ton isn’t nearly as shocking as what’s happening to outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who created the sculpture work “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.”
“Basically, he’s been held and detained by the Chinese government and it’s a very scary thing,” says Larry Warsh, Weiwei’s friend and founder of AW Asia, the arts group presenting the exhibit, along with the city. “I think it’s very important people see his work and know what he stands for.”
The renowned artist, who also designed the Beijing Olympics “bird’s nest” stadium, is a free-speech and human-rights activist. His bronze zodiac busts go on display Monday at the Pulitzer Fountain at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street.
Ai, who lived in New York in the 1980s, had been planning to be here for the exhibit, but has not been heard from since earlier this month. “We light a candle for him every day,” says Warsh. More info at circleofanimals.com.

— Brian Niemietz

(via Hot picks - NYPOST.com)

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