Video Picks: The paper engineer

Matt Shilan is a designer who also works as an artist – an increasing common approach for creatives today.


The film was directed by photographer and videographer Jacob Skogheim.

Find out more about how Matt developed his career

Explore his commissioned work for the Ghostly Store


With a design hat on, he’s worked for some of the most recognised brands in the world on packaging design and paper engineering projects. But he also experiments with the art of paper folding to create one off artworks and multiples (an artwork produced as a limited run, for sale to the general public).

Recently he’s been collaborating with scientists to explore the connections between paper folding and folding at a microscopic scale.

Maths was not Matt’s strong point at school. As he started to experiment creatively with paper he realised he could just learn what he needed to know in order to develop his ideas. Talking about his practice with Ghostly International who commissioned this video he says,“In my studio I am a collaborator, explorer and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, my work is made because I cannot visualise its final realisation; in this way I come to understanding through curiosity.”


Lots of other artists and designers incorporate the idea of folds and engineered structures in their work. So what would happen if you scaled up Matt’s approach to a piece of architecture? Watch Made architects ‘Kiosk part 1:Concept’ video

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