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. This is the challenge I set myself every day.
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, York University, Market Taverns, Wood & Wire, Awagami Paper Factory and Excel Blades.
All images and artwork designs on this site are Copyright to Pippa Dyrlaga. Please ask permission before use.