September 10, 2015

Paper-cut for Malvern Priory


Malvern’s sweet nine bells ring “troll, troll, troll”

I’ve recently completed a paper-cut for Malvern Priory restoration fund for the Bells and Belfry. It will be produced as a tea towel and sold to help bring in the remaining balance for the work on the Bells.  It has been an enjoyable project and, although a little unsure about how I would get on making the paper cut, it was relatively straightforward and really fun… something a little different to what I’m usually doing at my work table.tea towel design malvern priory 1 revised


Speaking to themselves

are Malvern sweet nine bells,

now they Troll, Troll, Troll”

Above, completed artwork.   Finally I scanned the image of the paper cut into Photoshop, cleaned it up and now have a digital image from which to produce the tea towels

paper cut in progress - sore fingers from the pressure of the knife

Above, the paper cut in progress

paper cut before spraying

Above, the paper cut just before it is sprayed with the final colour

lining paper after spraying paper cut out

Above, this is the scrap backing paper used  behind the sprayed paper cut to protect the surface from the paint.  It’s a beautiful thing in it’s own right and if I have the time I’d like to work into this some more, re-cutting into the more dense areas of colour.  I really love the way that the focus fades in and out where the image has been close or further away from the paper – wondering how this could be used in future works!

It will make a fantastic teaching project with plenty of historical and contextual examples to study.

If you’re interested in paper cuts have a look at Rob Ryan and Su Blackwell, two of my inspirations.  There are also many great books available, I recommend ‘Paper Cutting’ by Laura Heyenga and Rob Ryan and published by Chronicle Books.  Papercutting was a common practice in households and nurseries and is recognised historically by the paper-cuts and storytelling of Hans Christian Anderson.  He would visit his partons and entertain the children of the household before dinner with stories illustrated by cutting paper scenes that depicted places and characters.