Sunday 24 July 2022

One Colour Papercuts

When the pandemic hit in 2020, everything seemed to be in question. How was normal life going to continue when we had this virus running loose?! Like many other artists, I retreated into the studio and concentrated on making. I just took a single sheet of paper and let my scissors free to make these one colour papercuts. It helped! Freedom often comes with the strongest constraints. I learnt that a long time ago at art college. These are made by folding a piece of paper in half, drawing a half of a design and then cutting away the paper you don't need. It is very meditative and addictive because you never know what will happen when you fold it out! They are all inspired by the landscape in the Vale of Belvoir where it rises to Stathern and beyond, fields and woods roll into each other. There are oodles of horses and cows here, hedgerows full of birds and hares that do pop out from the verges and then jump away at speed again. You can see all those motifs in these works. 

These colourful trees were a forerunner to the ones above. I made them in the January of 2018 when I was still living in Arlesey, Bedfordshire. They are the same principle. Cut as a folded sheet, but then bold shapes are glued from behind to bring in that pop of colour. Scroll to see them  laid out on my studio floor!