Eric Standley’s intricate laser-cut "stained glass" paper windows

Jane Kenoyer of Hi-Fructose says:

Eric Standley works with hundreds of layers of colored paper creating intricate laser cut stain glass windows. These beautifully constructed works are made up of interlacing positive and negative spaces that seem to “float” in a fabricated suspension. He begins with a drawing, this helps him create the complex range of imagery needed to make a workable design, before cutting and assembling the paper pieces.

Eric Standley’s intricate laser-cut stained glass paper windows


  1. 1,024 x 1,015 2.5M PNG on this article, 2,412 x 1,608 2.3M JPEG on the crab article… I know bandwidth’s not as constrained as it once was, but doesn’t anyone optimize for the web any more?

      1. Yes, but when the image is sized down to 525 x 520 in HTML, you’ve thrown that detail away anyway.

    1. It reminds me more of the intricate lacy designs and calligraphy I’ve seen in Islamic art.

    2. I guess “WINDOW + DESIGN” equals stained glass window in most minds – “intricate and beautifully constructed” does not always mean good looking. These designs lack certain imperfections that would otherwise make them human and warm. I get a distinctly sterile feeling from these squiggles. “Laser cut” must be code for fussy.

  2. This is gorgeous work.  I’d be terrified of holding one of these in my hands, afraid that I’d feel that old irresistible urge to poke my thumb right through the lace.  Five-year-old Donald destroyed a few beautiful Xmas ornaments that way.

  3. Very reminiscent of the sound hole rose in old stringed instruments.  Except that the sound hole decorations are cut by hand.  See:

  4. OK I can see the hostility. The first thought I had was,”I fucking quit!” Those are too good, I can’t even exist in the same universe. Then I looked again and decided I could go on. Next thought was how could I adapt his technique to my work. 

    Thanks, Mark, this is a good one.

    1. The laser is purpose-designed to cut paper.  it uses short pulses to punch lots of tiny holes.  It’s the same technology that perforates the pages of spiral-bound notebooks and junk-mail postpaid cards so they tear off with a clean edge.

  5. 1. This is way cool.

    2. Some of the other designs on this page are more stained glassy:

    3. I wonder if there would be a way to make them less fragile so they could actually be used as windows? (mount the whole thing within a lucite block?)

  6. I’m in love. It’s beautiful. Not sure where to put this in my house but trying to figure out a spot. LOVE!!!!

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