In 2019, San Francisco artist Zai Divecha created 36 paper sculpture letters and numbers for the annual 36 Days of Type challenge. This fast-paced design competition was the artist’s first foray into letterforms and typography. The resulting sculpture installation, Quiet Type, was selected as one of six winners by Adobe, the competition sponsor, and was later acquired by Letterform Archive for their permanent collection.
In this talk, the artist will discuss how she went about creating each paper sculpture, the relationships between letterforms and sculptural elements, and how this project shaped her subsequent bodies of work. She’ll share behind-the-scenes process photos, as well as a video demonstration of paper pleating.
Zai Divecha is a San Francisco-based artist whose work provides a quiet, calm respite from an overstimulating world. By folding, pleating or rolling sheets of white paper, she creates intricate patterns of light and shadow. Divecha has shown at Marrow Gallery, the American Craft Council, and West Coast Craft; collectors include Letterform Archive, Twitter, Instagram, Square, and Google.