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Zai Divecha

San Francisco, CA

"A calm, quiet respite from an overstimulating world."
Zai Divecha is a San Francisco-based artist who makes geometric paper sculptures and installations. By scoring and pleating a repetitive series of "mountain" and "valley" folds in white sheets of paper, she creates patterns with depth and shadow. Past clients include Twitter, Square, Box, and DocuSign. Zai is a Bay Area native, a Yale graduate, and an avid road cyclist, and she works out of a shared metal shop in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco.
Wescover creator since 2019

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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I use a variety of techniques in my work, like pleating, rolling, incising, and folding. I typically create one “unit” -- an incised flap, a pleated strip, or a rolled-up cone, for instance -- and then repeat it dozens or hundreds of times to create a larger pattern. I often try to balance geometric and organic elements in my work."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I aim to create work that makes people feel centered, quiet, and focused. I want my work to feel like a respite from an overstimulating world."
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"Paper is such an ordinary, unassuming material. We come into contact with it every day: we sign receipts, open envelopes, jot down to-do lists. In these contexts, paper feels mundane and ephemeral, simply a means to an end. With just a few strategic, delicate alterations, though -- a precise series of folds, or a collection of tiny cut flaps -- I’m able to transform the material into something totally different. I love creating permanent sculptural works out of such a familiar, expendable substrate."
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