Paper Cutouts

13Apr08

Also over at Fecal Face is an interview with Nicki McClure, who does some pretty amazing paper cutout work.

I have loved paper cutouts since my first work visit to Hong Kong. The discipline of making such an intricate piece of art, coupled with the fact that there is no way of rubbing out mistakes or hitting command-z, is what makes cutouts so appealing. My own attempts have been fairly naive and infrequent.

As a discipline, the art of paper cutting in China dates back to the invention of paper and was a popular craft in Chinese palaces for court ladies. These days it is used in much more modern contexts, such as this piece that J Walter Thompson commissioned for the public area of the London HSBC Bank.

The piece shows a modern Chinese skyline surrounded by people pursuing activities such as skateboarding and DJing. The original is about A3 in size, but they have reproduced it as a 20 foot high wall decoration inside the bank. More on the commission here.

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