Artwork Description: My name is Nick Forrow, I live in Prague, in Czech Republic.
I have traveled a lot around Europe, visiting diverse tourist spots, and wherever I went I found only a small variety of souvenirs. They seem to be the exact same items like plates, magnets with a famous city silhouette, models of clock towers and many similar others. Sadly, the only variety is the name tag of the different countries/areas: â€œPragueâ€, â€œBerlinâ€, â€œParisâ€, and etc. They are the same things year in, year out, only the raw materials change â€“ they get cheaper with time.
I had a wish to create something more special than those plain souvenirs, so I created these 3-D pictures, which are based on medieval scenes of Prague, my favourite city. Prague is one of the rare cities where medieval architecture is still well-preserved, and I try to depict this medieval feel through my artwork.
The decoupage technique used for the above isnâ€™t modern technology, but has been around for hundreds of years, only the name has evolved to 3-Dimensional Decoupage, reflecting the 3-Dimensional view created through spaces between layers of paper. I first use watercolour paint on fine ink-drawn figures. This provides the best base for cutting.I then carefully cut every layer out, followed by gluing printed images, thus creating every individual piece of artwork. Finally, I cover some items with polish, as a finishing touch. This process requires a lot of perseverance, time and patience. However, the most difficult part is to first imagine the image in your head, in very fine detail.