As a freelance artist I am creating a range of paper cut designs which were originally inspired by Tate Modern‘s 2014 exhibition of the paper cut work made by Henri Matisse. Matisse worked on a huge scale sometimes covering whole walls with his cut outs; my work is considerably smaller in size!
Matisse pre-painted all of his papers so that he had a range of colours to choose from. I source my papers and colour swatches from magazines, which means that it can be a challenge to find an area of colour that is big enough to suit my idea; often there are several similar colours and shapes covering a larger area. This adds interest and texture to the overall design. I like the fact that the magazines are recycled into further pieces of art.
I try to create designs that will work well as eye catching postcards, as well as working to various themes so that the cards look good as a set of four. However, I have found that the designs also work well in other contexts, some of which you can see here.