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Arlesey, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
I am a cut paper artist and I live in Arlesey, Bedfordshire. I am originally from Wiltshire, from a very long village called Winterslow, just outside Salisbury. I make my work by drawing into a black piece of paper and then layering colours from behind which I cut into again. This makes very delicate and intricate paper pieces that are inspired by my love of the landscape and the natural world about me.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Adults papercutting workshop - Letchworth Art Centre - March 2011

These next posts are the photos from an adult paper cutting workshop that I ran at Letchworth Art Centre on March 20th 2011.Of the students on the course only one had significant art experience, but none of them had done any paper cutting at all. Through the day I introduced them to the main techniques I use of black line and white line cut, and the students made their own cuts using those techniques. For source material some used book images for inspiration, others just an idea from their head and one came prepared with a sketch to work from. The day ran from 10 -4 pm and the students worked with cutting boards and craft knives. I didn't dare let them loose with scalpels. A scalpel is just too sharp and too fast to use. The craft knives with blades that push down are good for beginner to use. It was such a good day. To start off with them tentatively working to the end of the day when they didn't want to stop and I was tidying around them was really really fantastic.
Photo © Vanessa Stone   Paper cut © Kim Raymont

Photo © Vanessa Stone Paper cut © Kim Raymont

Photo © Vanessa Stone Paper cut © Kim Raymont

More photos from the adult workshop - 20th March 2011 - Letchworth Art Centre

Working with repeat pattern paper cuts

Simple folded cut with scissors at the beginning of the workshop

Inuit woodcut print based paper cut by Helena Chapman

Just what I like - a messy arty table!

More pics from the adult workshop day 20th March 2011 - Letchworth Art Centre

Working from source material

simple folded cutting to get the juices going

Black line cut based on an inuit original woodcut

Sam Smith's tea original paper cut
© Sam Smith

Friday, 18 March 2011

Pastel drawings - Stonehill School art club - March 2011

Some of the work in progress - an hour's workshop trying out pastel painting.
And just what I like to see - arty hands!!!

Pastel Drawings - Stonehill School - art club March 2011

Here are the pupils pastel drawings/paintings. None of the students have used the media before - apart from school chalk. These chalk pastels were my own artists quality ones and they were a bit amazed at the strength of the colour! The pigment content is much higher than school ones and it makes a big difference to the vitality of the colour.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Stonehill School - paper butterflies - the simplest ideas sometimes work the best...

Sometimes the simplest ideas just work the best. These little butterflies are from the hour long art club I run at Stonehill School at the moment. the group consists of about twelve children that range from very much lower ability to the gifted and talented children. I have designed activities that encompass the whole groups needs, so that the tasks can be simple and component based on one end through to more sophisticated approach for the more able students. The paper I used for the butterflies was a very thing white paper, chosen especially so they make a good flappy noise. The paper butterflies are just attached onto coffee stirrer sticks with double sided tape. I thought the boys would struggle with this as butterflies are so decorative - but they actually really enjoyed it. One boy said how proud he was of it and that made my day as its been a struggle at times to engage a few of them. It was a real little triumph for me. A real little precious triumph.