Thursday, 2 June 2011

We love paper art.....

Here at Sugar Paper we are a big fan of paper art. I myself am no good at paper crafts (I'm one of those weird folk that doesn't really like touching paper) Kandy is a dab hand at origami and we both have the potential to be serial scrapbookers! If only we could cut out in a straight line.....

We try and feature different paper crafts in the zine, because we do love most crafts. We are also big art fans, anything that is a treat visually, we're going to like, let's be honest. So when we see great art drawn from amazing craftsmanship, then we squee with delight, here are a select few making me want to get over my weird paper fear!

Nikki McClure:

Nikki has been making paper cut art long before Rob Ryan's work was emblazoned on everything and then Urban Outfitter's ripped it off, way before that. She is a dab hand with an X-acto knife, she as done a load of work with two of my favourite labels, K records and Kill Rock Stars and played a part in the Riot Grrrl movement.
If that wasn't enough just a look at her intricate paper cuts will win you over, each work tells a huge story and something you can get lost in for a long time.
and my favourite part, she's self taught, swoon!

Lindsey Way:
Lindsey may be best known for her work as bassist in band Mindless Self Indulgence, but prior to that she went to art school. Come full circle and she's back producing art.
Her recent work featured 13 dioramas entitled Hush. All worked in the medium of paper.
The collection, to me, looks like a party, a joyous farewell, a celebration of life pre-death, or life after death into life (reborn they call that, sounds a little religious though!!).
Whatever Hush is about or how you interpret it, one thing you can't deny is that, upon viewing, a smile creeps across your face that you just can't shift.

Emily Winfield:
I have spoken about Emily Winfield on the blog before in the form of Black Apple. Both Kandy and I are HUGE fans of Emily's work, in every medium! And OK, she is predominately a painter (but stitches and illustrates amongst other things, too!) but she gets into this blog for one reason, her recent book The Black Apple's Paperdoll Primer.
Kandy bought me the book for Christmas just gone and I LOVE it! I've always been a paper doll fan, so seeing Emily's amazing paintings transformed into paper dolls, with their own characteristics is a treat, especially as the book also comes with backdrops she has painted! Then there is the make your own paper doll at the back (with a good selection of hair colours and skin tines might I add). It's all inspiring stuff, just look at this video somebody made using the book......

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