18 November 2014

Beautiful Papercuts of Sarah Morpeth

I must share with you the lovely work of Sarah Morpeth. She is an talented artist who works with paper - cutting, stitching, painting, spraying and constructing. She produces beautiful, graphic works, inspired in part by the nature around Northumberland where she lives and has a studio.

My photos, snapped briefly at Handmade in Britain held last weekend at Chelsea Town Hall, definitely do not do the work justice.

"the hare is an acrobat she tumbles under the moon"

Sarah works by hand drawing these on the back of the paper. That means she is working in reverse to how the finished piece will look. Can you imagine?

Apart from the moths, this is just a single piece of cut paper. The greens are all hand painted. The frames are box frames and the work is suspended on pins.

Here the text is flat and the running rabbits are mounted on pins, giving depth to this smaller piece mounted in a box frame.

Sarah also makes books, that are stunning three dimensional works of art. Some are simple concertina folds like this, others much more complex with birds spilling from the top.

Loose threads intentionally left to add detail.

Paper baubles. I now have some of these hanging from my mantel piece.

Please do visit Sarah's website www.sarahmorpeth.com This is how Sarah describes herself there.

I am an artist who works mainly in paper, making books and illustrative cut paper pieces. My work has all sorts of sources - I find inspiration in my obsession with British films of the Forties, in poetry, philosophy, science fiction and stories. Visually the imagery I use often comes from nature and the landscape that surrounds me in rural Northumberland. There is usually a considerable conceptual aspect to what I do - but I don’t need it to be obvious to the viewer. I value not only the conceptual but also skill in making and aesthetic qualities.  I use a wide range of processes, often incorporating stitch, painting, hand and machine cutting, drawing, printing and bookbinding in my pieces. 

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