Cut Cut Cut - Paper Cut

Cut Cut Cut - Paper Cut

Just 9 days ago, the Chinese calendar entered the Year of Dog. I was lucky enough to celebrate it in George Town in Malaysia this year, where there's a huge population of Chinese. I saw fireworks & Chinese fireworks (they're two different things), which a few years ago were banned within the inner ring roads in big cities of China due to safety. So it was kind of nice to see them again even though they're super L O U D. 

 Examples of Chinese Paper Cuts taken from one of my books

Examples of Chinese Paper Cuts taken from one of my books

In today's post I will talk about paper cutting. This art form of insanely detailed & intricate craft began centuries ago in China. I'm covering this subject because I used to work with paper a lot when I was doing my Masters research, I even made my own paper which was an awesome experience, but didn't reach any fruition. 

If you'd like to check out my Masters project click on this link http://showtime.arts.ac.uk/EglePetrauskaite This link seems to be the only images I have of my work, so thank goodness for the internet, as obviously 8 years ago I wasn't too big into recording my work & posting it everywhere. Oh how social media has changed.

 ©Rob Ryan 

©Rob Ryan 

While studying, I did a lot of research on artists & designers who work with paper & there is so much stunning work out there. Knowing from experience how long it takes to cut & carve out of paper, I admire everyone's patience & handicraft. I've put together some of the artists' work that I adore, ranging from paper cut poems (Rob Ryan - www.robryanstudio.com), installations (Georgia Russell) to collaborations. Check out Karen Bit Vejle + Xiaoguang Qiao collaboration called Paper Dialogues www.paperdialogues.com & Karen's page (www.papercutart.no). All the images have been selected & taken from the internet & credited to the artists. 

 ©Georgia Russell www.galeriedukan.com/artist-home/georgia-russell

©Georgia Russell www.galeriedukan.com/artist-home/georgia-russell

 ©Jen Stark  www.jenstark.com

©Jen Stark www.jenstark.com

 ©Karen Bit Vejle 

©Karen Bit Vejle 

Here are a few more:

& those paper cuts - they're ouch!!

Injection of Colour

Injection of Colour

Wednesday Wanderlust: ZhangJiaJie [Part 1]

Wednesday Wanderlust: ZhangJiaJie [Part 1]

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