Marc Hagan-Guirey, aka Paper Dandy, is midway through creating Cut Scene, an exhibition that recreates 12 iconic moments from the original trilogy using Kirigami.
Kirigami is the painstaking art of cutting and folding a single piece of paper to produce a work of art. They are then displayed in a lightbox using different coloured lights to match the action in the finished work of art.
In order to make the exhibition happen, Marc is running a Kickstarter appeal to raise £16,000, with £11,588 in the bank so far (including a donation from Scyfilove Towers).
A designer by trade who has worked with a range of blue chip clients, Marc got into Kirigami around three years ago.
He said: “I’d been in advertising for about seven years and decided to take a break. Making kirigami was just a side project – a hobby really.
“After I’d made a few models I quickly saw a trend with making haunted houses. I love how my new venture was the complete antithesis to digital media. It felt like a return to what made me who I am today – making stuff out of other stuff for the love of it.”
That blossomed into Marc’s first exhibition Horrorgami, which received widespread acclaim, as well as leading to a book deal.
Marc’s love of Star Wars made his next project obvious. He is independent of Lucasfilm, but didn’t answer when I asked him if they’d been in touch, so make of that what you will!
“I have a list of 20 scenes, but they are a secret!” he said. “There are so many iconic scenes to choose from. I’ve made a long list of potential ones and sketched them all up. I do gravitate towards things that I think will challenge me.
“The whole sequence of the war on Hoth is my favourite but the final Vader, Skywalker, Palpatine confrontation still has my heart racing.
“Normally I can turn a single execution for a client job around in five days. However I’ve been tinkering with the Carbonite Freezing Chamber kirigami for around two years.”
Marc’s ambition for Cut Scene is to tour the exhibition to different cities and share his love of Star Wars.
“Even though the target for the exhibition seems quite high; after fees, tax and VAT it’s not a massive amount. I’m likely to make a loss of a couple of thousand. l hope my accountant doesn’t read this!”
To support Marc’s appeal, click here to see his Kickstarter page.
You can also click here to visit Marc’s website.