detailed designs carefully hand-cut

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"I found i could say things with color and shapes that i couldn't say any other way- things i had no words for."

-Georgia O'Keeffe

My pieces are created by free-hand cutting designs into layers of tissue paper, which I then gently and patiently apply and seal onto heavy hot press watercolor paper. I’m drawn to the bold contrast between the saturated colors of the tissue paper and the bright white background upon which they are adhered. 

Many of my pieces contain very detailed, intricate hand-cut designs, which take me anywhere from a few hours to a few days to complete. Because I don’t draw my designs before cutting them, sometimes it can take a few tries to create the perfect shape or form that I’m looking for, whether it be a flower, insect or giraffe. I often have only a vague idea of what I want to make when I get to work, and sometimes the end result is vastly different from what I originally had in mind.

I allow myself to stay open creatively and let each piece evolve without too much resistance on my end. It’s so fun for me to step back when a piece is done and see how, what started as a small, blurry idea, came vibrantly to life. 

My designs are primarily inspired by my love of the plant and animal world; every piece I’ve made reflects my fascination with the shapes, lines, colors, and movement found in nature. I’m also inspired by prints and patterns I see in fashion, as well as interior design elements, such as textiles, wall papers, and ceramics. I’ve always loved folk art from Mexico and wood block art from India, which is reflected clearly in some of my work. My love of animals and color is unabashedly on display in my pieces, and I hope they bring you as much joy when you view them as it brings me to create them. 

I enjoy doing commissioned work and am eager to collaborate with other creative thinkers. If you would like something made or want to collaborate- don't hesitate to reach out!