Serene Teh is an illustrator and graphic designer who works extensively with paper, so of course it was only a matter of time before she was included here.

She has quite a few projects that you can explore on her website (We found her World Food Programme work particularly moving, and her concept for Where The Wild Things Are took me right back to my childhood), but we’d really like to highlight her Parkour Motion Reel project today.

If anyone isn’t sure what ‘Parkour’ is, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Parkour is also called ‘free running’, as it mostly involves moving quickly (and quite acrobatically) across highly built-up urban environments. It has quite a following, and has inspired several video games (most notably Brink and the Assassin’s Creed series) as well as a few action movies. Most of you have probably seen Parkour in action, even if you didn’t know that’s what it was called.

This is a very short video (at less than a minute) but an inspiring one. The amount of motion she evokes from just a few static images and what amounts to the world’s largest pop-up-book is astounding, and well worth a few seconds of your day. Serene fully captures the kinetics of these very mobile art forms on paper, which is no mean feat.

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