I may be getting the hang of this blogging malarkey …then again you may have to bare with me! My lovely Friend Deb Jackson has included me in this fantastic project to link up artists, Debs work is beautiful and you can see some of it here http://matildagrace.blogspot.co.uk, next Monday the lovely Maddie Millett http://maddiemillett.tumblr.com will be answering these four questions and passing the baton forward!
Why do I do what I do?
Last year I was made redundant, it gave me time to reflect on what was really important, with all the stress of
working for a failing company behind me I began to sketch, from there a serendipitous meeting with a fantastic paper artist Jessica Palmer (do look her up!) inspired me to cut some of my sketches, people liked them enough to ask me if they could buy them, which in turn allowed me to make more. I do feel incredibly fortunate and always grateful for every commission!
Why does my work differ from others in its genre?
I quickly became aware of how many people use paper to form their work, either sculpting or cutting, the nature of cutting paper (using form and shape but ensuring it is all joining in one piece) sees similar designs cropping up all the time, some subject matters seem to work very well in this format, I was very aware of not copying other cutters and finding a point of difference I’ve tried two main ways to do this, the first is creating a copy of my cut in colour underneath
The second is my particular favourite though using only white paper layered in stages.
How does my creative process work?
Because I can now work around my children my work is very stop/start, I generally come alive in the evening and much of my sketching is done then at home whilst relaxing, the neatening of the design and the cutting is done during the day at my studio, I tend to favour pure white linen embossed paper (my other half doesn’t get how many different papers there are!) the gsm affects the overall cut I prefer 100 or 120gsm and can get through several packs of Swann Morton blades in one papercut! Depending on how intricate the design I either use a self healing or glass mat.
What am I working on now?
I have a forest of family trees to frame ready for gifts, also in the midst of wedding season I have some lovely unique designs on the cutting mat, for both wedding gifts and first anniversary gifts (luckily for me traditionally first anniversaries are celebrated with paper gifts). I am creating lots of little butterfly cuts too.
Well that was an unusually long blog from me but I’m very grateful to Deb for inviting me to take part … Maddie it’s over to you 😉