Sarah Matthews is a papercut artist based in the UK. It was while studying Textile Surface Design, she became very interested in paper and the possibilities available through precision manipulation – folding, cutting, slotting and pleating.

 

Tyvek clothing accessory #1

 

Tyvek clothing accessory #2

 

One of her favourite materials is Tyvek – a synthetic type of tear-proof, waterproof paper. Onto this, she adds hand drawn patterns, of linear, graphic elements, using a variety of  media. For her graduate show, she used this to create a collection of neckpieces and buttonhole jewellery.

 

Geometric Chevron Papercut in White and Mint

 

Peach and Grey 3D Folded Geometric Aztec Papercut

 

While she has only recently completed her degree, she has already achieved a great deal of success, receiving a second place and a commendation in a national competition run by Tigerprint, exclusive suppliers of gift wrapping and cards to Marks & Spencer. One of her designs is now under consideration by Marks & Spencer for their Christmas 2012 range.

 

Tyvek paper bauble with cut out linking snowflakes

 

Tyvek paper bauble #2 with cut out linking snowflakes

 

Engagement congratulations greeting card

You can find more of Sarah’s work (including peeks into her wonderful sketchbooks which you must see – oh my!) at her website, www.sarahlouisematthews.co.uk, and you can find her blog here. You can also buy her work through Etsy here.

 

page from “swarm” sketchbook

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I would like to thank Sarah for her kind permission to reproduce images and text here.

 

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