A childhood memory for a doll’s house

Recently work participated in a charity event where architects and designers created doll’s houses that will be exhibited around london and auctioned off in support to the UK’s charity KIDS.

As part of the design week the dollhouses are exhibited in Domus showroom
Make came up with a template for dollhouses that could interlock all together. Each of us would personalise a doll’s house, so little doll houses would form a very big one. The brief was that the dollhouses should reflect a childhood memory. See all the dollhouse stories  on: http://dollshouse.makearchitects.com/

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Abour ‘Forest Glade’:

I started thinking about the fairy tales I remembered from my childhood I realised what Hansel& Gretel, Goldilocks, Red-riding hood, Sleeping beauty, Snowwhite had in common.. they all spent some serious time in the woods. So in my story the girl in the red coat is playing in the safety of a forest clearing.

The silhouettes of trees and branches around her create a game of light/shadows, allowing us to peer into the story.

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Chris & Ellie’s (+baby) Home

I am often asked about how do I make my papercuts, whether I use cutting machine or a lasercutter.. So this video is trying to show my cutting process and how all of it is cut out by hand:

To make the video I used my friend’s camera which was set to take a photo every 60 seconds. This stop-frame animation video sums up more than 6 hours of cutting. (For the next video I am hoping to get a headstrap for the camera, so you can see more detail being slowly revealed as I cut off the little pieces of paper..)

About the story:
This was a present from Andrew and me to our very good friends Chris and Ellie and their new beautiful baby. We had decided on making their lovely home into a paper story a while back; in fact I had drew the first sketch before last summer when they took us in to stay with them for over a month, when our place was a complete construction site, and put up with us stressing out about it.
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Waiting for over year to make the paper cut turned out for the better as now there was a new beautiful baby to include in the story.

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Papercutting details of family and kitchen

The final piece can be seen on the paper stories website:
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The enchanted house’s home

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I am always sad when I part from my papercuts, they take very long to make and I do put all my attention and care into designing them and cutting them out. Every leaf, every detail that i cut away to form the piece becomes special to me.

And every time I want to hold on to them, as they are so dear to me, but seeing how people brighten up as they receive them and realise that they are looking at their own special story, it makes it all worth the while.

This one is a particular favourite of mine (very hard to separate) as it turned out so dreamlike, but also as for this story I received the kindest and loveliest feedback I ve gotten to date.

I don’t often get to see my papercuts once they leave my studio that’s why I was so excited when I saw this one at its new home, a year later. I loved the unanticipated wall composition and the life it had on its own right in this sunny conservatory ..

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Like the finished papercut of The enchanted house on the paper-stories website.

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Stories on the underground

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Been wanting to post this for a while…
This paper-cutting is of Oxford street underground station in London.

It is an 840mm x 550mm papercut, my largest one to date. It took about 40 hours cutting it and more than a few planning it out, so I am very happy on how this turned out.

I tried to put into this one as many stories as I could, as this is the essence of the experience on London underground. Every passenger has a story to tell, but so does the city:

About a year ago, I was working on a competition at work when we were made aware of the underground Royal Mail rail that spans across London. This was used during the Second World War to transfer safely mail in and out of London. It is now disused of course, but I like the idea of a wagon full of mail being left on the rail, just waiting to be discovered. I knew I wanted to include this from the beginning, just have a look see if you can find it ;)

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For the ground level the introduction of the umbrellas on the top zone was a happy accident as it immediately feels like it is outside, and of course pays homage to London weather.

Furthermore, I was keen to introduce the mice network around the whole thing. As you are never further away that a meter to a mouse in London.. apparently!!

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Finally, I really like the guys in here..my favourite characters are….: the guy with the dog or the couple with the pram… ooh..ooh.. maybe the girl in the puffy jacket with the iphone… Who is YOUR favourite London character?? AND.. how many mice can you spot??

Check the paper cut out on the paper-stories website: Stories on the Underground

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Paper-cut flipbook for make

Make architects produce every year these beautiful annual magazines, and for the past couple of years I had the pleasure of making paper-cuts illustrating key products.

For Annual 9 we documented the cutting process by setting the camera to take photographs of the paper-cut every couple of minutes to capture the pieces of paper being cut off and revealing the design. About a third of them were selected to be put together in a flipbook. This meant that the order of the cuts became as important as the final image.

This particular paper-cut, in the video, features the Thomas-Clarkson school project, which was based on the Fibonacci spiral. The paper-cut too unravels around the spiral: starting from the central courtyard the cuts are being made clockwise, starting to reveal the buildings and landscape.

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BABY BOOM

The recent months have been filled with happy news, many of our dear friends expecting and having cute little babies that made me think of where the babies come from- in stories.

The analogy of the stork, a long distance traveling bird is so beautiful that I wanted to incorporate it in a papercutting celebrating the baby boom we ‘ve been having.

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From the sketchbook to the papercutting (here showing only a few  steps):

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And here it is the final piece under some slightly better light:

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ToDryFor competition entry

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A couple of months ago I submitted a papercut for a tea towel design competition held by http://www.todryfor.com/

I liked the idea that the tea towel has a design that spans to the edges of the towel so you can see it when it is folded.

I love beautiful designs printed on tea towels (and I have soo many) but most of them have a print in the center of the fabric. This is a shame as (at least my) tea towels spend most of their lives hanged from the oven handle you hardly ever get to see the design. I thought this was an opportunity to change that by having the design reaching and being legible even when folded.

Last night I jumped up with excitement when I saw my design featuring in the shortlisted selection at their Facebook page. Very pleased about that!!
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151383898086704.1073741825.325697006703&type=1
Please have a look and if you fancy it leave a ‘like’

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