So the wonderous Wikipedia, holder of much knowledge tells me that the earliest surviving paper-cut dates back to the 6th century and was found in Xinjiang China. In fact different types of this art form can be found in different cultures worldwide.

Now made popular once again by artists such as Rob Ryan (if you haven’t been to the London store on Columbia Road, you’re missing out) the handcrafted art of paper-cutting is on the rise. Developments in technology mean designs can also be mass produced by laser cutting reasonably cheaply.

So if you’ve never had a go now’s the time to get started. All you need is paper, a scalpel and a little imagination (also a cutting mat or chopping board as parents/partners/flatmates tend to get mad if you just go ahead and do it on any old work surface).

To get you inspired here are a few paper cuts I found to get the creative juices flowing. If you’re not sure you’re ready to go it alone, then sit tight, basic paper-cut greetings cards diy coming this way soon!

Rob Ryan

Hina Aoyama

Jenny Lee Fowler & papercutsbyjoe

To get some more inspiration head to this paper-cutting blog. Or there’s a book all about paper-cutting soon to be published that looks like it’s going to be a good read.


2 thoughts on “paper-cutting

  1. alison

    Loving the blog, Agsie. Type ‘Schnerenshnitte’ into a search and you will get some lovely paper cutting ideas/images. It was big in the States when we were there.

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