We came across an amazing artist called Lorenzo Duran. He has developed our favourite art of paper cutting into a whole new dimension.
He’s created beautiful masterpieces out of leaves! Lorenzo would find a perfect leaf then wash, dry & press it gently. He would then carefully cut away to leave a unique & delicate piece of art.
It must take incredible patience as leaves can be so fragile and brittle when dry! Just as he finished a piece that could have taken days to create it may just break!
Lorenzo has now moved on to develop new ‘Naturayarte’ projects & is no longer creating these amazing leaf creations but we just thought they were so inspirational that we wanted to blog about them! We’re looking forward to seeing what he develops next!
A couple of weeks ago I popped down to Brighton & thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Artists Open House‘ weekend! It was wonderful to see so many people of all ages & back grounds creating unique art & also popping into their homes to get glimpse into where the magic happens. OK, so its a little nosy, but some artists homes were just as inspirational as their art!
So we love all things paper here in the studio & I fell in love with Jo Cole’s paper sculptures made from old vintage romantic novels! Something different to paper cutting. Here’s one of her mushrooms that I treated myself to. Jo was also making delicate little apples & pears that were hanging in twisted willow branches. They looked so magical & you just wanted to sneak a peek inside the pages to try & read a snippet of text!
Jo showed at The Garden House, an oasis created in an old market garden hidden behind a row of Victorian Terraces. Artists displayed work with plants & gardens in mind & the setting was perfect as was the weather, hot & sunny! Jo creates from the treasures she’s collected on woodland walks & from junked romantic novels, she’s made a set of female figures made from old sprigs, with jointed arms fashioned from twigs and other bits and pieces she’s collected along the way.
Jo made her from bits and pieces collected in autumn, her head is made from an acorn found in Poland and the rest of her is from East Sussex foraging!
Is paper the new gold?
Stumbled across a brilliant blog the other day‘The Heart of Paper Cuts’and just had to share it with you all. It celebrates paper cutting, as the name says, but really brings a sense of magic and mystery to this ancient art.
Whilst so many of the incredible creations caught my eye – it was a fabulous paper ring that really stood out. Who knows, this could actually become quite popular as a novelty for brides, or even worked into a display on the ‘big day’. Either way, there is no denying the work and skill that has gone into this little gem.
Have a browse at the blog as there are hundreds of themes aside from bridal and you can spend a good while looking at all the creations. I just loved the intricacy of the paper cutting and thought it would complement the delicate laser-cutting works of The Hummingbird Card Company, too. Items from ‘The Heart of Paper Cuts’ are on sale on Etsy.