An Interview with Paper Guru Matthew Shlian
We met Matthew Shlian at Ted X in Ann Arbor and were immediately bowled over by his mind-boggling work with paper. An MFA graduate of Cranbrook Academy, Shlian divides his time between teaching at the University of Michigan, mocking up new-fangled packaging options for billion dollar blue-chips, and creating some of the most inspiring paper art around. We love his work and think you will, too.
There is immediacy to paper. You may take a sheet and begin to work, or plan something out methodically. It is a medium with a memory and one with which you can naturally create a dialogue.
Describe a perfect day in the studio.
I wake up early but not tired and walk to the studio. As I arrive there are packages of art supplies waiting for me which I cannot recall ordering. I make an egg bagel sandwich and hang out with Ira Glass for the next couple of hours while working on new ideas. I have a mild breakthrough on some piece which I know will lead to more work later on. My studio mates drop by in the afternoon, they have brought a bag of cider donuts and want to share.