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Paper Cutting Book: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft [Kindle Edition]

Natalie Avella , Rob Ryan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There's a renaissance underway in the art form of cut paper, with an explosion of raw talent and an abundance of amazing work produced in the medium in recent years. This gorgeous volume features work from 26 contemporary international artists who are creating images of astonishing intricacy, using little more than paper and blade. Featuring a host of new discoveries and including art by such stars as Nikki McClure, Rob Ryan, and Thomas Allen, as well as a number of emerging practitioners, Paper Cutting is sure to engage art buffs and indie crafters alike. An in-depth introduction by paper art expert Natalie Avella illuminates the rich history of the centuries-old form, and a whimsical preface by beloved artist Rob Ryan rounds out this delightful collection.

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"This jaw-dropping book is a feast for the eyes that will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers, from professional paper cutters to casual observers of the art." - School Library Journal

About the Author

Laura Heyenga is an editor and image researcher at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Natalie Avella is an authority on the subject of paper cutting. Rob Ryan is one of the most popular paper cut artists working today. Includes such popular artists as Thomas Allen (known for his cut-outs of pulp novel covers), Yulia Brodskaya (author of the Chronicle journal Ran Out of Ideas Now What?), Nikki McClure, and Matthew Sporzynski (of Real Simple magazine).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8167 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (27 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054O5HWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and beautiful 2 Dec. 2012
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After seeing examples of Emily Hogarth's work on Facebook, I tracked this book down on Amazon. The 19cm x 23.5cm book has a 9-page illustrated introduction to the art of paper cutting and the featured artists, and there's a 2-page foreword by Rob Ryan (surely the current celebrity in this field). The rest of the 170 pages are photographs (some half-page, some full-page) of the spellbinding work of 26 paper-cutting artists. Some images are scans of flat work, some are pictures of gallery installations and others are closeups of 3D work. The variety in these images is often surprising. It's exciting to see the possibilities of this fundamentally simple technique and the levels of skill that can be achieved. The imagination that some of these artists must have is really inspiring.

Featured artists are: Peter Callesen * Heather Moore * Zoe Bradley * Nikki McClure * Kako Ueda * Yulia Brodskaya * Su Blackwell * Cindy Ferguson * Helen Musselwhite * Laura Cooperman * Yuken Teruya * Rob Ryan * Justine Smith * Beatrice Coron * Mia Pearlman * Molly Jey * Hina Aoyama * Casey Ruble * Chris Natrop * Matthew Sporzynski * Thomas Allen * Emily Hogarth * Patricia Zapata * Emma van Leest * Andrea Mastrovito * Elsa Mora.

Particularly gorgeous are Su Blackwell's haunting book illustrations which have been 'pulled-out' into 3D scenes in almost a pop-up way. Emily Hogarth's delicate and elaborate patterns take ages to explore on the page. Peter Callesen's white paper sculptures are worth buying the book for. This would be a great gift but I bet once you look through it, you'll want to keep it for yourself.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars kindle version very disappointing 19 Jan. 2012
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I'm very disappointed with the quality of the Kindle version. Many of the images are too small for me to see the details clearly, even on a 21.5 inch Mac screen. The Kindle version seems to lack the quality of the stylistic features you'd get in print, too (fonts and typefaces are ugly; layout is rubbish). I'd love to see the print version now and know if it's the same.
I'm rather disappointed with the book as a whole, too. It's just a series of reviews of other artists' work, and none of them are particularly in depth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this book! 21 May 2012
By calm
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I was inspired to buy a book on paper cutting by a National Trust exhibition of paper cutting art and installations that was amazing. This book reflects that exhibition for me' and I can't wait to get paper cutting again. Something I realise only now' that has been an activity enjoyed all my life and not realised it as ART!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and inspirational book 12 Jan. 2012
By rebecca
lovely book showing the work of several different artists using paper. amazingly creative and quite varied. as well as highly detailed, single sheet, paper cutting, there are also examples of impressive coloured and/ or 3 dimensional creations. the book is basically entirely full of good quality photos of the art apart from a short introduction. it's a book you can flick through again and again to really look at the detail in the pictures. The only criticism is that some of the pictures cannot do justice to the large scale creations - i think you would have to see them for real to get the full impression however it is still amazing and inspirational to see what can be achieved just with paper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill 13 Jan. 2014
By vickie
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Fantastic book full of artists, great book, well worth the money and great for all ages.
Paper Cutting is an amazing art.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book 5 Nov. 2012
By jess
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I bought this book because I love paper cutting and thought it was a great reference book to have. Arrived very quickly and very happy to have it in my collection of inspirational books.
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So glad I saw this book when browsing get a and such a good price. Loved the delicate intricate designs so fun I want to do some all of my own better get a stock of blades for the cutting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted 6 Jan. 2013
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This is a wonderful inspiring book with an overview of contemporary paper artists. The photographs are beautiful, the layout is simple everything to get the creative cogs turning.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Papercutters please note - an excellent read.
An interesting read and good introduction to the art and craft of papercutting. If you are interested in this craft, read this book.
Published 16 days ago by Lydia Markova
1.0 out of 5 stars unclear description of item
I thought this was to teach you how to do it but it's just loads of pictures
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book really interesting and inspiring
Published 3 months ago by i Stroudie
5.0 out of 5 stars he has indicated book inspirational and useful
Purchased for son at university studying illustration, he has indicated book inspirational and useful resource
Published 4 months ago by Emma AShwell
4.0 out of 5 stars my mistake
unfortunately I thought this was a book telling you how to paper cut, nice book but not what I wanted.
Published 5 months ago by Blue Rinse
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful work
Bought this to inspire me to do some paper cutting. It is inspirational but I haven't done any myself yet.
Published 12 months ago by lulu
4.0 out of 5 stars Received with pleasure
I bought this for my daughter in law and she was thrilled. She had been looking for this book for a while.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Lynne E. Whitworth
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this!
Everyone should own this! I have one and bought it as a gift. Two very happy people!!! Thanks so much!
Published 16 months ago by Milly Aylott Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat
What a wonderful book with lots of projects, good introduction and organisation.
Probably best for someone with a little experience.
Published 16 months ago by barbaraeire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality
I highly reccomend this for anybody who loves craft, graphic desgin and typography. Quite contenporary, a nice simple layout and very inspiring.
Published 21 months ago by Yourstrulyloved
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