Monday, 1 September 2014

Paper Cut...

Hello! So excited to have been asked to be a guest blogger for East London Craft Guerrilla, and thrilled that my first assignment was to review the beautiful new book Paper Cut by Owen Gildersleeve!

Paper Cut - An Exploration into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration is written by the London-based award-winning* designer, papercraft illustrator and set maker.
It gives a fascinating history of paper and how it has been used over the centuries through various cultures right up to the present time and the current resurgence over the last few years.

The author goes behind-the-scenes of his peers - people working with paper as their medium to create spectacular visuals in fabulous 3D from a material so easily considered by many as flat and two-dimensional! Although working in similar fields, many crossing over between graphic design, typography, illustration and animation for music, film and advertising in general, the artworks and technical use of the materials varies greatly. Using different techniques including cutting, folding, layering, collage, quilling, to create fantastic pictures or sets. Some of the artists use bright vibrant colours, others more muted tones, and some none at all, using the construction of the pure white paper to add depth and texture using light and shadow. 

We get to visit and snoop inside 25 artists' studios - mainly within the UK and Europe, but also as far away as United States and Australia - and find out what inspires them creatively and how they came to fall in love with working with paper!
I recognised many of the pieces of work from seeing them in magazines, books, videos and some images I had pinned on pinterest without actually knowing or remembering who they were by, so it was great to finally put a name and face to the piece, as it were.

There are so many beautiful pages within the book, to include all my favourites, so below is just a few to whet your appetite.

Upside Down House by Kyle Bean

Babushka by Yulia Brodskaya

Paper Shredder by Chrissie Macdonald

Holland Herald by Helen Musselwhite

Forest by Eiko Ojala

Three-Course by Fideli Sundqvist

Back to Basics by Zim & Zou

And here is a short film by one of the featured artists Helen Friel, which I had watched as inspiration for a project I was working on with someone a while ago (that was put on hold when we realised just how long it probably would take us to make something anywhere near as good as this!)
Paper Cut is a stunning book visually, with very interesting interviews with the selected artists that really give you insights into their minds and their working lives. From their inspiration and motivations, through the developing of their techniques and skills, to the finished pieces and beyond.
To Celebrate the launch of the book there is also currently an exhibition of Paper Cut from now until 25th September at The Proud Archivist, Regents Canal, London (nearest tube is Haggerston Overground Station)

There are workshops, talks and Sunday Brunches over the next few weeks, so it sounds like it will be a fantastic opportunity to see the artwork in all its glory and a chance to meet some of the artists in person!

For details of all the exhibition event see the Facebook page:

Paper Cut by Owen Gildersleeve is published by Rockport an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group and is available from all good bookshops for £20 rrp
However, the very kind people at Quarto Books have given us a very special offer to share with our lovely readers (yes that's you!) and so you can get a copy sent to you for just £16 including p&p! (UK only - overseas need to add £2.50 extra)
You can place your order either by ringing 01903 828503 or email
and quote the offer code APG168

Thanks for reading, if you have any thoughts, feel free to comment below.
Sanna aka Sannapanda

* He won the ADC Young Guns award in 2011! How awesome to actually be able to be a Young Gun! I hope he has a soundtrack whenever he arrives at or leaves! I know I would, but unfortunately, I am probably too old to ever be a Young Gun... *sigh*

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