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Horrorgami; A new twist on the art of paper cutting

Updated on February 14, 2016

It all started when Marc Hagan-Guirey decided to leave his post as Head of Design at a Soho based ad agency to follow his passion of horror themed kirigami.

Kirigami is the art of cutting and folding paper to create images, from a single sheet of paper – without gluing pieces together, which makes the end result that more impressive.

Interview with Marc Hagan-Guirey

The origins of Horrorgami:

So what is horrorgami? It’s basically kirigami, with a spooky theme. Marc used kirigami to fuse his love of architecture and horror movies – which resulted in horrorgami.

So how did this all start? Marc says he’s always had a fascination with the architecture of the Ennis house (which was used for the 1959 movie, “The House on Haunted Hill” and “The Blade Runner”, with Harrison Ford). When visiting L.A, a close friend of Marc's arranged a private tour around the Ennis property. Marc wanted to express his gratitude by making a gift for the friend so he decided on recreating the Ennis house with kirigami. Marc says that kirigami was the perfect choice to depict the fragility and decaying state of the Ennis building.

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If you don't know what the Ennis House looks like, here is a spectacular 3D Model created in Minecraft

The paper architecture model was so well received by everyone that he decided to build another model, which was his second favourite building, the Addams Family mansion. This model, again, turned out so well that the set designer of the 1991 film, The Addams Family, emailed Marc expressing his admiration for the kirigami model.

Before creating a kirigami model of the house, Hagan-Guirey went through The Addam's Family film frame by frame to map out a possible interior floor plan.

Early sketches of the Addam's family mansion.

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Coincidentally, both houses were “haunted houses” and he realised that this could be a new creative outlet for his love of horror movies and architecture. Pretty soon he planned 13 more models based on classic horror themes and held his first solo exhibition:

The Horrorgami Exhibition

Horrorgami Exhibition:

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Paper Dandy's Horrorgami

Since then he’s had much success with solo exibitions and private commission work. He has also published his first book “Paper Dandy’s Horrorgami”.

The book features 20 kirigami designs based on scenes from horror films. Each project features step-by-step instructions and a template that you remove from the book. All you need is a scalpel, cutting mat and ruler. There are clear cutting tips that will help with the tricky stages and a photo of what the finished product will look like. Suitable for experts and beginners, alike.

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