couturier de cardboard: matthew sporzynski

Monica Buck
Matthew Sporzynski whose impromptu gift I blogged about a few days ago, is an artist whose medium is paper. His business card reads: “Couturier de Cardboard”. Although Matthew’s work is published regularly in Real Simple, and he has made his unique creations for Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren, and the Special Events department of The Museum of Modern Art, he has no website, and there seems to be no single place on the web where you can find his work. (We hope to change that one day, when we post about his huge green portfolio, and what’s inside.)  Yay, you can view a portfolio of Matthew’s work here.

So here is a round-up of bits-and-pieces of Matthew’s work from the net. At Real Simple, they call him FG: Freakin’ Genius!

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Here’s Matthew working on a Real Simple shoot with a few words about the process that the magazine published in response to their readers demanding to know WHO THIS AMAZING GUY IS??!!:


“Matthew usually has about two weeks to create his paper sculptures before they have to go in front of the camera, and he works until the very last minute, even while the sculptures are being shot. ‘You have to keep working on them until they don’t look like garbage anymore!’ says Matthew, admitting that his sculptures are ‘far better received than I perceive them myself. I see the flaws.’

Matthew says that New York Central Art Supply has the “best paper. It’s a fantastic art-supply store, and they have a very good paper department.'”

Here are the “ingredients” Matthew made for a hero sandwich, in process, including a chiffonade of lettuce:


…How about a French fry?…

Monica Buck/Real Simple

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8 Responses to couturier de cardboard: matthew sporzynski

  1. jody lotito-levine 02.05.2010 at 1:40pm #

    remarkable; inspirational; my kids who grew up on a steady diet of making their own cards, and the only wrapping paper here is brown craft paper, giving them a blank palatte to bring to life…thanks for stoking the fire!

  2. Emily 02.05.2010 at 7:56pm #

    Thank you for this post! I have been loving Matthew’s work in Real Simple and wondered about the artist. He is great!

  3. Kristina Barron 07.27.2010 at 3:56pm #

    I grew up with Matthew. His mom and mine were college room mates and our families hung out alot together. I still have some of the great oragami animals he made me 25 years ago. Even back then we all knew he was a really talented kid. It comes as no surprise that he grew into a really talented adult. Way to go Matthew!
    Kris(tina) (Rosenberger) Barron

  4. Grayson Cardinell 11.11.2010 at 3:50pm #

    You can see how that sandwich turned out right here on page 14 of the PDF.

  5. tracy 10.27.2011 at 10:23pm #

    My 9yo daughter is a huge fan of Matthew’s work. Click over to my blog and you can see what she made from paint chips for my birthday. The post from October 18th has the best photo.

  6. Sally 11.01.2011 at 8:51pm #

    Your kid couldn’t have a better influence than Matthew’s amazing work.


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