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Papercuts

Paper cutting is a traditional technique that has its roots in folk culture around the world. The Chinese are particularly well known for their folk art paper cuts and in Mexico 'Papel Picado' is used as decoration in the Day of the Dead celebrations. Paper cuts are made by cutting away the negative spaces of an image - much like linocutting. However care must be taken that the paper remains in one whole piece otherwise it will fall apart. Paper cuts can be simple to do and yet take patience and precision to master. Although a one-off piece of work they can be exposed onto a photographic screen to make repeatable prints.

All images shown here have been produced at the workshop.