My favourite to make has to be memorial papercut portraits. Here is my latest one of a beautiful cat called Daisy. I always feel honoured when someone asks me to create a paper portrait to remember their lost loved ones. I put hours of work in to get it right for them, knowing that the finished artwork will bring back happy memories.
Tools and Materials:
I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to paper. I keep all my offcuts and reuse them in new work where possible. Here is a selection from my colourful offcuts folder (I also have folders for dull colours, greys and skin tones ?). When I’m rooting through for a colour, I often find shapes that I recognise from previous works and it is nice to think that cuttings from one piece of paper can end up in artwork on different sides of the world.
What do you see in this image? I see a cheeky 6 month old sitting in his high chair trying out new foods and making me laugh so much. I loved the 6 month old fun with my kids and I love how these portraits capture a specific moment in time and bring memories flooding back,
The Story Behind The Name:
Choosing a business name is a bit like getting a tattoo isn’t it? The story behind Imagine Attic is where I work: Imagine is a link to Liverpool’s culture as well as being a creative word in itself (you’ll also find this John Lennon reference being used by the airport and a new housing estate) and my studio is in a light filled Attic. I often think about changing the name (what would happen if I moved studio?) but, like a tattoo, it is a tricky process.
Like many others in the #MarchMeetTheMakercommunity, I am taking steps to reduce waste where possible. My cards are printed on 100% recycled card. Most of my online card sales are now dispatched ‘naked’ with no cello wrap and any new cards that I produce for stockists are given a biodegradable alternative to protect them in shops. I have also phased out Jiffy bags in favour of recyclable cardboard boxes. There is still a long way to go but every little helps.
What I’m Working On:
Well this is very exciting…? For the past few summers, I’ve been obsessed with photographing crashing waves. Recently I needed some more arty work to apply to a local organisation and so I’ve been making my first ever papercut seascape. It is the biggest papercut I’ve ever made and my first seascape / landscape. I don’t know if it will work when it is finished or what it might be used for so it is also the first thing in ages that I have made just to experiment and push myself and that in itself is very exciting!
I love doing retro portraits like this one. Sometimes the photo quality isn’t great – favourite snaps have faded over time – and recreating them in paper brings new life into them and lets you see them fresh again. This was also the example listing photo for my first ever Etsy sale back in 2015 of a custom couple portrait. Anyone recognise the little one on the left?
3 Bluebird pin badges all packaged up and winging their way to USA ?? today. I love folding these little cardboard boxes into shape and slapping stickers on everything.
Most Difficult Make:
It has to be this layered papercut wedding portrait. Before this I had just simplified clothes and focused on the heads but this amazing wedding outfit was a challenge I couldn’t resist and too stunning to crop out of the picture. For the skirt, I used tiny strips of paper visible through little windows in the yellow. A really lovely commission to be given.