One of my favorite artist is Nikki McClure.
She makes beautiful cut-paper pieces depicting simple scenes that
capture the beauty of hard work, nature, and family. I get her calendar
each year, have a couple of her prints, and put one of her designs on
my foot... permanently!
In college, before I knew of
Nikke McClure, I did many paper cut projects myself. It was a medium
I'd come back to time and time again. I love the intricate detail and
careful craftsmanship an exacto knife requires.
toyed with the idea of making paper cut-outs quite a few times in the
past few years, yet was hesitant in my attempts. Here are two pieces I
did recently as birthday gifts for friends.
As much as I
like the scene of Maine, I don't care for the printed paper beneath it
as representation of the sea, rocks, land, etc. Next time, I will
experiment with ways to simplify it, and use the black paper to
represent positive and negative space, rather than just outlines.
prefer the smaller pattern piece, because it is abstract, and there is
repetition in the background paper. This is a medium I will most
certainly continue to explore.