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