The Fine Art of Papercutting
The art of the papercut has fascinated me for some time and I have been thinking about it a lot lately whilst contemplating decorative projects for baby’s room.
Maybe it’s because I have never delved very deep into it myself. Maybe it’s the delicacy or intricacy of it or perhaps it’s because something so unique and timeless can come from something as simple as paper. Whatever the attraction may be, I wanted to share some of my favorite papercut artists and inspirations with you.
Peter Callesen‘s work is awe-inspiring. He works in all sizes and his creativity in composition is incredibly unique. His subjects are clever and thought-provoking and sometimes a bit sad. Almost all of his pieces are 3 dimensional.
His thoughts on his media: “I find this materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form almost a magic process – or maybe one could call it obvious magic, because the process is obvious and the figures still stick to their origin, without the possibility of escaping.”
Can you believe that skeleton is made out of paper?!
Elsa Mora is a very busy little bee. Just stop by one of her dozen blogs about dolls, papercutting, or fashion to check in and see! You may discover her jewelry or illustrations there too.
I really love Elsa’s work as it is somehow fantastical and personal at the same time. You can almost read about her experiences in the cuts and veins of her work. She layers characters within one another to almost make you feel like a peeping tom.
Have you ever torn a leaf with your fingers? Ever tried to peel the leaf away from it’s veins? Well I have, and I always fail to do it perfectly. This is just one reason I am completely in love with Jenny Lee Fowler‘s brilliantly executed leaf silhouette portraits. And guess what else? She does traditional freehand silhouettes:
“I cut this type of portrait using the traditional freehand method, by observing a person in profile (sitting in front of me or on a computer screen) and cut their likeness directly into the paper. It’s much like gestural drawing, only with scissors.”
And as if those aren’t impressive enough, she also works with birch. I really love all of her techniques whether it be the simple yet classic silhouette or her snowflake style or flat papercuttings. Look at these and be instantly transported to a beautiful forest surrounded by deer and sunshine.
I don’t know about you but I’m so inspired, I’m going to go out and get myself a self-healing mat right away!