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New Work: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Modern Tale

I have just released images of my newest work, a series of pop-up books celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The books have a modern day twist with images and phrases relating to current trends. You can view the work here. As previously mentioned in an earlier post, I was never one for crafts growing up. Throughout my degree year I found myself coming up with crazy ideas, falling in love with them, then panicking as soon as I realised I would actually have to make the things by hand. I researched thoroughly into ways of producing each idea then had to be brave and take a risk in order to produce each project. Buying endless amounts of rice-like paper for my Chinese lantern, struggling to find a printer that would actually print on it, then taking four hours straight to make the final product was hard work, but worth it in the end. The same goes for the pop-up books as I literally sweated it out to cut each pop up fold as neat as I could, giving myself a headache from the intense concentration. Although my finished projects aren’t perfect, I think sometimes it’s worth taking a…

DIY Crafts

I was never one for crafts and DIY projects growing up, but recently I’ve found myself more and more interested in creating things by hand for that personal touch. I often browse through Pinterest and find lovely things people have made which look great but cost almost nothing to produce. I often add these finds to the “My Style” board on my Pinterest page — basically a board I add almost everything I like and am inspired by to. (https://www.pinterest.com/staceycarnie/my-style/) Here is a selection of some of my favourite DIY projects: Paper tulips http://trendenser.se/2013/january/diy-papperstulpaner.html Light bulb planters http://www.amomstake.com/2013/04/family-craft-projects-that-make-great-house-decor/ Bottle candles http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/glass-bottles-upcycled-repurposed-as.html Grater lights http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-unusual-diy-upcycled-light-fixtures/

Paper Carving: Maude White

I recently came across the amazing work of Maude White and am completely in awe of her delicate hand-cut paper carvings. White creates beautiful birds, people and stories out of her “respect for paper” and love of negative space. Instead of laser cutting, all work is done by hand in order to tell stories. White puts her reasoning for creating such intricate designs into words in the form of an artistic statement on her website: “When I cut paper, I feel as if I am peeling back the outer, superficial layer of our vision to reveal the secret space beneath. With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story. Letting the observer become present in the piece allows him or her to look through it. I like the idea of the stark contrast between the black and white paper, and the cut nature of the work makes my art more three-dimensional than paint on canvas. ” I admire the time and dedication involved in creating such intricately designed paper cuts. Last year I cut a pattern by hand for an invitation project I was working on. Simply cutting out the border pattern took me two and…