Introducing the Paper Engineer
47 MONTHS AGO
We’re so thrilled that the Boosted campaign for Swell is off to such a flying start with a third of our target met in just the first few days, so thanks to everyone who has donated. We’ve still got a long way to go so please tell your friends to get involved too.
Many of you will already know the work of Judy Millar and Trish Gribben but might not be so familiar with paper engineer, Phillip Fickling. Phillip has been designing and building paper models for as long as he can remember. “I started out making flying saucers out of paper plates,” he says. “Submarines out of refrigerator boxes. Scuba tanks from round Quaker Oats cartons.
“Of course, when Star Wars came out it changed my life! For years I was on a mission to re-create every spacecraft design out of paper... Little did I know that 30+ years later I would be asked to design and illustrate the Star Wars Mega Model book! And they even paid me to do it — the icing on the cake!”
There’s a great article about Phillip on the Hibiscus Matters website and you can keep up with his projects on Facebook. We think his unique interest in geometry and spatial imagery is a great match for the directions Judy’s work has taken in recent years, and the collaboration with Trish and Judy has been a new direction for him.
"It was an enriching experience working with such a dedicated and focused artist as Judy, and a real boost to my spirit to work with such a talented and enthusiastic personality as Trish. When we would all meet at Trish's bach at Anawhata, the creative sparks would fly. We might have unwittingly conjured the wild weather that always seemed to batter the little bach whenever we were present!"
We’ve been proudly showing our final mock-up of the book to anyone interested. An art teacher who works with primary-age children is "bowled over" by SWELL. "Wow! Art and paper engineering together! My kids will love it. Especially the boys. I can't wait to get it in my classroom."
Don’t forget, every dollar we make above our target will go towards donating books to low-decile schools. We really want to get it out to as many people as we can, so please give generously and share the link with your friends.
Image: Trish looks on as Judy and Phillip play with paper