A Cut Above
Following February’s Club Meeting
we were treated to a totally different and original talk demonstrating the fascinating art of paper cutting.
From the earliest images of ancient Chinese dynasties through to Hans Christian Anderson’s paper cut illustrations for his fairy tales (who knew?) to Matisse and his prodigious paper cut gouache artworks, the variety and skill is simply amazing. Paper cutters are everywhere - including some extraordinary modern artists, often undervalued but always in demand.
Irena demonstrated a variety of examples with twice folded paper, cutting simple shapes with very sharp, small scissors and carefully unfolding the paper in reverse sequence to the original folds.
A cactus in a pot made a striking image - by just cutting one side of the paper, of course the other side is identically symmetrical and when carefully unfolded always has the element of surprise
Plus of course it’s possible to achieve two versions – negative and positive which can be used to construct versatile designs in all sorts of interesting ways.
To try this for ourselves, remember that when the paper is unfolded, it’s best to press it flat and place it underneath some heavy books for a couple of weeks so that the finished item can be displayed to full advantage.
Irena concluded with a Budleigh Beach paper cut design including deckchairs and some clever lettering - a fitting conclusion to a fascinating demo.
There are books available to guide the novice, some with ready-made
templates to help things along. Also you may wish to visit Irena’s website for further information: irenaboobyer.co.uk