Quietly masquerading as the sharp.line.hunter my work is driven by a serious passion for cutting and folding paper. I like to explore colour combinations to create new patterns based on on my travels.
A member of the Paper Artist Collective I am in the company of some incredibly talented artists, and I highly recommend you check them all out!
I caught the laser cutting and 3D printing bug whilst studying for an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking.
Working in the engineering and design industry for the best part of 12 years, I help people design, develop, manufacture and launch great products. By day I work with a fabulously talented group of people at a Product Design agency in Bristol.
Co-founder of Zebera By Design it's a purpose led platform that seeks to utilise design in education. Working with young people at school, building confidence and sharing knowledge with the intent of solving real world problems, is a very exciting journey to be on.
Originally from London, I currently live in Bristol.
What types of papers and glues do you use?
The paper I use is either GF Smith, Daler Rowney or Claire Fontaine from a 180gsm to 250gsm, with a smooth surface and solid saturated colour. Reliable and consistent in colour, they cut really nicely.
Backing board is usually 380gm + to maintain rigidity.
Occasionally I will use other papers for a different texture or sheen/reflection, but I always stay away from laminated as it tends to blister and lift when cutting.
Aleenes High Tack-Glue – doesn’t saturate the paper too heavily so that it wrinkles, gives you just enough time for positioning, but not so long that you are stood there like a bit of lemon waiting for it to set.
What types of tools do you use?
My most prized tool is a butter knife that I nicked from the kitchen drawer. It has a soft blunt edge that is really good at making a precise crisp fold, without cutting through. A bone folder for heavier cards is also really useful.
Laser cutting is my go-to when I can. I currently use a plotter for bulk cutting. A good scalpel and steel ruler are a must. Masking tape is also useful.
What types of software do you use?
Illustrator to export vector files, Photoshop for image editing. I prefer to keep the software use to a minimum as there is a balance to be kept between digital and analogue. The process of folding is what I enjoy the most.
How did you get started?
Whilst studying for my Masters, I became heavily involved with laser cutting, then subsequently water jet cutting and 3D printing. I absolutely love cutting metal ... but it's an expensive hobby. Paper is a perfect alternative.
What’s your process?
Usually something has caught my eye out and about and I have been mulling it over for a few days. If I haven't drawn the idea out, I prefer to move a stack of modules around to work the idea through. When 'finished' I will design new details and cut fresh.
Keeping all dimensions divisible by two (even numbers preferred) the final piece is driven by the cutting area I have available.
Do you sell your work?
Yes - message me!