This artist has work in the Outdoor Art Trail at Venue 20.
Karen studied art at West Surrey College of Art and Design, where she graduated with a BA Hons. in animation. She went on to produce live TV and Children’s programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky and it was at a TV market in Hong Kong that she first encountered paper cutting. Fascinated by its intricacy and delicacy, she began to experiment with her own pieces. Initially led by the folk art and traditional motifs of early European paper cuts, she started to crave something less rigid and inspired by extreme paper artists such as Chris Natrop, began ‘sketching’ with a scalpel. The results are cut images that are partly pre-drawn and partly free hand.
“I sketch a subject and use my drawings to create the ‘bones’ of a paper cut design, then I start cutting, adding free hand details with the knife as I go. It’s a slow process and for someone who is always in a hurry, an odd choice of medium! But I enjoy the way the image develops and love the strange combination of shadow and texture the cut edges give.”
She creates hand cut pieces and limited-edition machine-cut prints, these are taken from the original hand cut pieces and finished with hand cut details so that each one is unique. They are mounted with a shadow gap to exaggerate the cut-out form or on coloured card or metal leaf backgrounds.