I am a paper cutting artist using traditional papercutting techniques to create contemporary artworks.
My work is inspired by animals, nature, the place I live, architecture and the occasional pop culture reference. My paper cut works are mostly cut from a single sheet of paper. They are first drawn out by hand on the reverse of the paper, and then hand cut using a scalpel, and can take hours to complete. The process is just as important to me as the finished product.
I first started papercutting in 2010, whilst studying for my Masters. It was the first time I felt that a medium was truly right for me, and I have continued down this path ever since.
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 Yorkshire Tea, Element Jewellery in Hebden Bridge, York University, Market Taverns, and Heart Gallery for the Watermark Fund.
All images on this site are Copyright Pippa Dyrlaga. Please ask permission before use.