Wednesday, 25 February 2009

sublime paper cuts

as soon as my tiny hands could wield a pair of nub-nosed, orange-handled scissors, i was obsessed with cutting things out. for hours at a time i would snip images from old greeting cards and the dusty stacks of my oma’s discarded magazines. tiny things mostly. little cupcakes and puppy dogs, all trimmed with meticulous attention to detail, then carefully pasted into my paddington bear, brown paper scrapbook (which i still have). thirty years later i have not lost my fascination with the paper/scissor arts. i still make collages and cut-outs whenever the mood takes hold, and i am filled with the deepest appreciation for artists who use this medium. here are two of my favourites:
Amy Earles of wool & water is a gifted artist in just about every medium. i adore everything she does, but am particularly enamoured with her jointed paper dolls. amy has a blog, flickr site and etsy shop, all of which are wicked-awesome.

Jayme McGowan's 3D papercut work is so delightful and full of whimsy. the imagery is so romantic, and i feel so compelled to touch each piece. jayme has a marvelous blog, which i follow, as well as a flickr and etsy site.

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