Love in every cut – bespoke papercuts ♥
From my studio workspace in my little house in the Yorkshire countryside, I create hand-drawn and hand-cut papercuts. My work includes original pieces, bespoke commissions and a range of printed products; and my delicate style is highlighted by my choice of bold, bright colour ways. You can see a large selection of my portfolio over at Pinterest. I also teach the art of papercutting via my workshops; please contact me for further information.
If you are interested in commissioning a bespoke original piece, please contact me using the form below. I have limited commission slots available for the remaining months of 2017; alternatively please keep an eye on my shop and Facebook page for slots becoming available.
After the birth of my daughter in 2010, I used my time away from my role as a magazine editor to get back into creating art. Papercutting caught my eye and appealed to my profoundly perfectionist nature. The challenge of creation, the form’s simple yet unforgiving nature – one slip and hours and hours of work could be destroyed; along with the aesthetic the medium offered – clean lines, minute detail and pristine presentation – engaged my interest instantly. Teaching myself the skills needed for this medium, elements of my psyche – patience, perfectionism, obsession and love – quickly started to inform my work as I carved out my own style; becoming a full-time papercutting artist in May 2012.
The majority of my portfolio is comprised of bespoke commissions which are tailored to each individual client’s exacting specifications and painstakingly produced using pencil, paper and scalpel. Children’s wall art is given a mature yet playful feel by melding the Kawaii influences I love with the ancient Eastern art of papercutting; while my popular personalised family tree design embraces my love of history, combining it with an almost obsessive-compulsive approach to my practice, as hundreds of tiny leaves or hearts are cut from the paper’s surface, brought to life by colour. Indeed, as my style evolves, use of colour remains a constant within my work – no doubt inspired by my early artistic encounters with artists such as David Hockney, Frida Kahlo, Bridget Riley and Paula Rego. I also explore my own ideas within highly accessible original works which encompass my interests in typography, nature, colour and popular culture; featuring quotes, repetitive patterns, on-trend themes and stylised motifs which all reflect my happy-go-lucky persona.
Holmes-made papercuts © Melissa Holmes