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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Friday, September 01, 2017

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    The Art of Paper Cutting


    The Art of Paper Cutting

    The design and craft world has for some time now been understandably obsessed with the beautiful art of paper cutting.

    Paper cutting is the art form of cutting paper with sharp scissors or a knife. You can create anything from simple graphic designs to incredibly detailed three-dimensional images. It can be as simple or intricate as the paper artist chooses, this is one of my favourtites from Rob Ryan.


    The great news is, it not only requires little space but costs very little with regards to tools and materials (cutting mat, metal ruler, pencil, scalpel, blades, tracing paper, backing material).


    Elsa Mora is one of many very inspirational paper cut artists, more of her work can be found here.


    This amazing piece was created by one of our customers attending Introduction to Paper Cutting, it didn’t get finished during the class but we were lucky enough to see the final piece when complete.


    Paper cutting is an art with a long history. Its first origins date back to the 4th century after the invention of the paper by the Chinese. Some of their earliest uses for paper cutting were for religious decorations or stencils used for patterns in embroidery. For a long time, this art form was popular among high-society women, but it soon spread to other classes. Paper cutting practices ranged from the skilled craftsman to its evolution into the folk art world. People displayed paper cut designs in windows, as paper lanterns, and on furniture, just to name a few.

    Many other cultures began using paper cutting in a variety of different techniques and as part of celebrations. A couple of the most popular cultural uses for paper cutting are papel picado banners in Mexico or kirigami in Japan. Papercut silhouettes became popular in England during the Middle Ages. It became an art form in itself.


    Paper cutting has definitely stood the test of time and will continue to be popular art form amongst many cultures.

    This wonderful carp is by Caroline Coates, she will be teaching the next Introduction to Paper Cutting workshop on Saturday 23rd Sept if you are inspired to give it a go for yourself.


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