Quietly masquerading as the sharp.line.hunter my work is driven by a serious passion for cutting and folding. I have always made small works as a personal creative project, but only recently shared them more openly.
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!
Pursuing a career in the arts sector was always my intention. Fortunately, I caught the laser cutting and 3D printing bug whilst studying for an MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking, and decided to work in the design industry instead.
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?
I was grew up in London. I’ve always really enjoyed patterns and shapes found in architecture, tickets, maps, graphic design … specifically Bridget Riley’s Tate Britain Exhibition (2003) and being invited to see The Gherkin not long after it opened (which is also just over the road from the Lloyds Building) made huge impressions on me.
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) is driven by the cutting area I have available.
Do you sell your work?
It is something I am open to - message me!