suckerPUNCH: describe your project
amy FLURRY and nikki SALK: Paper-cut-project is an installation design element using expressive cutouts. We introduced these delicate paper cuts as an antidote to mass production, a sort of allegiance to hands-on design at the intersection of art and fashion.
Nikki has long nurtured affection for paper through her own art (see link to her site), and I am a veteran fashion editor and stylist. We make three-dimensional sculptures as styling concepts for fashion shoots, window displays and runway productions.
Our debut installation was Jeffrey New York and Jeffrey Atlanta (simultaneous) in January 2010. Currently, we are working on a commission for Hermès.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aF + nS: A heavy part of the influence for the paper wigs was pop culture in the 50’s and 60’s. Billy Holiday, Gidget, the Supremes. The drag queen element was also thrown in because we wanted something with a real sense of volume and drama. As for the ‘Animalia’ mask series, we envisioned using these in a fashion shoot as accessories. We like the idea of introducing the element of the handmade that is equally sophisticated to these productions. We liked the juxtaposition of textures on the page as well.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aF + nS: We listened to a lot of Ratatat as well as some classic rock. Nikki kept Coheed & Cambria in rotation and I was cutting a lot of paper to Vic Chesnutt and Vandaveer.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aF + nS: Zoe Bradley as a business model, Rachel Feinstein and Daphne Guinness for the insanity of it all, and then always fashion. Fashion makes our world go round and touches everything we create. We keep a pretty close eye on Prabal Gurung, Nicolas Ghequiere and Olivier Theyskens.