I am a paper cutting artist and printmaker based in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, England. I use traditional techniques to create contemporary artworks.
My work is inspired by the natural world, and the things I encounter around me.
The simplicity of a blank sheet of paper appeals to me. Paper is used in so many aspects of our lives and used to communicate with each other, and I want to do this through my work. There is nothing as ordinary as a blank sheet of paper, but it has so many possibilities and can be turned into something beautiful or meaningful, without adding anything to it.
I first started paper cutting in 2010. My paper cut works are hand cut from a single sheet of paper. They are first drawn out by hand on the reverse of the paper, and then cut using a scalpel. They can take hours to complete, and I find the process is as important to me as the finished pieces.
I am originally from Mirfield in West Yorkshire, where I lived on a canal boat for much of my childhood. Living in a rural place near the waterways, surrounded by the best of British wildlife, has inspired much of my work.
I completed my Degree in Contemporary Art Practice at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2006. After going out into the real world for a couple of years, the need to continue my art and my art education led me back to the same university to complete my MA in Art and Design and Curation which I completed in 2011.
In 2013 I moved to Hebden Bridge to develop my practice in a creative community. I now spend many hours sitting in my home studio creating what you see on this site.
In the last couple of years, I have had the amazing opportunity to work with some great people and companies, including Element Jewellery, Impression Originale, York University, Market Taverns, Wood & Wire, Awagami Paper Factory and Excel Blades.
Paper Trail, ABV Gallery, Atlanta, Sept 7th (Opening), until 5th October
Okiagari Koboshi Project, Roppongi, Tokyo, 15th -16th September
The Green Show (SCIP), South Hill Barn, Seaford August 15th - 18th & 22-25th August 2019
Cultural exchange through NICE Gallery, Beijing, China, May 2019 (Beijing - Hangzhou - Jinan - Beijing)
Winter is Here, group show, Spoke Art Gallery, San Francisco April 2019
My Neighbour Hayao group show 2019, Pow! Wow! Hawaii
Salon des Beaux Arts 2018, Paris. (Awarded the Medaille de Bronze and the Prix du Jury Invite Medaille ‘Argent)
Isle of Dogs Group Art Show 2018, New York
Miyazaki group show 2018, LA
12x12 Group show 2018, Chicago
Spoke Art’s Wes Anderson group show 2017, Portland
All images and artwork designs on this site are Copyright to Pippa Dyrlaga. Please ask permission before use.