The delightful Flossie Teacakes has just been blogging about Japanese pattern books (I want! I want! I want!) and in her post, she mentions a few good places to have a look at on-line. One of these is M is for Make, which is a UK-based website selling these books (YesAisa is great, but I always find it a bit of a trial to work my way through to be honest). And, anyway one thing lead to another and I discovered that M is for Make (aka Kate) has a blog, and one thing lead to another...
Well, anyway, this is a quick introduction to me saying "Go, look at this!". Rob Ryan (who I have to admit, I'd never heard of before today, but then Googled and realised that I knew his stuff, if not the man himself) does intricate screen printed and cut out images, and he's filmed a time lapse of the creation of a work at Somerset House's Pick Me Up exhibition in London. I find it amazing that everyone involved was so careful and accurate (cutting fiddly shapes out of paper with a scalpel is easy to bugger up - I've tried it!). Really, go have a look!
Rob seems to have all angles covered so you can check out his blog , real shop, Etsy shop and web site if you get hooked.
Ever since I discovered Tord Boontje and the beautiful and intricate cut-outs that he creates (like the Garland Light at Habitat and the Until Dawn curtain - see here, here or here for instance), I've had a thing for paper cutouts. I've even done a bit of research into getting hold of Tyvek (looks like paper, cuts like paper but is a completely indestructible synthetic), and a bit of paper chopping myself, as the keen-eyed amongst you will have spotted.
I really recommend investigating Tord Boontje if you haven't come across him before. Have a look at the Projects section of his website. Unfortunately it's one of those which doesn't have individual page addresses, so I'd just be giving you the same link over and over again if I hot linked everything (isn't that annoying? why do web designers do that?).
And one more paper cut-out artist to mention while I'm on the subject is Jaq Belcher who influenced me quite a lot when I was having a trial go myself. I find her pieces absolutely mesmerising, especially the leaf cut-outs like this one.
And I couldn't give you a post without a picture, so I've just snapped this for you - a couple of the cut-outs I tried...