All About Paper Cutting celebrates paper and what it can be done with this unassuming material.
Some time ago, Jessica Courtney-Tickle interviewed me. Below you can see the Q&A.
1. Do you think paper is a dying art form, if not…why not?
Quite the opposite. I believe that paper has been undergoing a renaissance in the last few years. More and more artists from around the globe are pushing the envelope with this material and finding new and surprising ways to express themselves through its use. To support this idea, here is a growing list of artists working with paper at this time.
2. What draws you to paper?
The fact that it is a simple material full of possibilities.
3. Do you think the tactile quality of paper is important and why?
Yes. The tactile quality of paper is a beautiful element to take creative advantage of, but it is only one of the endless aspects of this material that make it an amazing medium. There are other elements that are as equally interesting, such as light and shadows, transparency, motion, space, volume…
4. Are there any other advantages of paper that you see?
Paper has all the expressive advantages of clay and paint, just to mention two mediums that we’re all familiar with. ‘Color’ in paper is the equivalent of paint, you can ‘paint’ taking advantage of the chromatic element of paper. On the other hand, the fact that paper can be shaped, like clay, makes this material something sculptural as well.
5. What do you think of paper as an art form for storytelling?
Paper is a wonderful medium for storytelling. For instance, stop animation is an effective technique for telling stories. You can now find beautiful stop animation movies out there made only with paper. The results are quite remarkable.
6. Are there any specific paper creations/ toys/ books you remember as a child, what were they?
I grew up too poor to own books and toys. But, I sometimes had access to brown paper bags. They were my first ‘art supplies’. My friends and I made simple paper dolls with them. We cut the paper with scissors, or with our own hands if scissors were not available.
7. What inspired you about them?Those simple paper dolls from my materially poor childhood taught me that creativity can be expressed in any way. But, it also taught me that children are very resourceful when you let them explore the world around them. Give them a piece of paper and they will surprise you.
8. Do you think paper is important for children, in comparison to digital games and books?
Absolutely yes. Paper is the first material that children use to express themselves through basic drawings. When they learn how to cut paper with scissors, they are developing their most basic motor skills. When children learn how to fold a piece of paper and turn it into a boat, they are learning the magic of building. Paper gives them an engaging and tactile experience that is unique. Though I believe that digital games and books also have their own advantage. My Autistic son has definitely benefited from using them. But engaging digitally is not the same as engaging in a way where you are in charge of what happens, as in the case of manipulating paper.
9. Do you find paper exciting and why?
I find paper to be a wonderland of possibilities for exploration. The more I discover its expressive qualities, the more doors open to new explorations. It in an endless and exciting quest.
10. What do you think will happen to paper artists such as yourselves, in the future (i.e. with regards to the digital age)?
I cannot predict what is going to happen to other artists in the future, but regarding paper, I am sure that I will never stop exploring its potential and expressing myself through it. Paper, as creativity itself, has no end when it comes to what we can achieve if we use it passionately and consistently.