June 28th, 2012 | Comments Off on Paper Cutting in a New Dimension

I have stumbled upon yet another variation of cutting and working with paper. I sat down to play in my sketchbook last week and came up with this lovely technique I hadn’t thought about before of making a cut and then folding the paper. Suddenly my paper cuts have become three dimensional and I love it.

This top image is the idea I worked on in my sketchbook. I used the compass cutter for this one before moving outside the sketchbook and on to a larger piece of paper. For the larger piece below I used an xacto knife and cut the curves freehand.

Paper cut and folding in my Sketchbook

I chose to work with this chart of geological survey information as my paper more because it was something I could grab quickly and not worry about experimenting with. It’s a happy accident that the lines of the chart combine in an interesting way with the curved shapes of the paper cuts.

Paper-cut and folding
Paper-cut and folding - detail

It’s no wonder I am so addicted to the process of paper cutting because there is always something new to learn.

June 25th, 2012 | Comments Off on A Fruitful Experience at Vancouver Maker Faire

I’m exhausted today after spending the last few days sharing my work and talking with people at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. This year I had two tables set up, one to display my work, and a second as an activity table with books for people to work on.

Vancouver Maker Faire

Vancouver Maker Faire

I taught a few people how to make paper flowers on the first day, then switched to encouraging book page folding on Sunday. By the end of it there were four books on the go that became collaborative projects with pages folded by many different people. A few people started their own book and took it home with them to complete.

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I really loved seeing parents sitting down with their kids to try different things with the books or pages, like this little girl and her father. I showed them my new favorite paper cutting technique and they made a tiny lantern from a book page.

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A few kids did origami with the scraps of book pages. I was really impressed with the paper crane folded by a young girl, as it’s a fairly complex set of folds that I find difficult to do. She made it look easy.

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These final four photos are the collaborative altered books folded by many hands. They’re a wonderful mishmash of different folds, cuts, and sometimes crunched up pages. The books I had on hand were a donation from the librarians at Bull Housser, as they’ve been in the process of decommissioning some of their law books.

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I love being part of Maker Faire because it feels like a celebration of community and creativity that breaks down the silos. I will definitely continue to be a part of this event every year, and look forward to watching it grow.

A HUGE thank you to Boris, Monique, and James for their support and assistance in running my booth over the weekend.

June 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on Mapping Circles to Triangles

I thought I’d share some quick snaps of the overall piece made from maps I shared a detail of last week. The individual pieces are connected together in long strips but the strips aren’t yet attached to each other. I still want to play around with composing the overall form and figure out how many paper cuts it makes sense to include. I feel there is an infinite number of ways these triangle pieces could be arranged and composed.


The picture below is what remains of the maps after I’ve cut all the circles. I’ve set these aside to use in some future collage. I love how they all look layered together.


I’ve been working on a few other projects and haven’t been able get any further with this. Hopefully I can get some focused time in the studio later this week and will share more.

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