October 1, 2014 / OLD news posts
Polar bear sculpture by Solo & Kojima

Take your cue from Tate Modern’s Matisse exhibition or Rob Ryan’s folksy-style paper cut-outs and discover the art of paper cutting – here are three ways to explore the skill:

1) Spend the afternoon at We Make Here

Self-confessed ‘lifelong maker’ Claire Palfreyman offers a range of arts-and-crafts courses at her studio in West London: her three-hour ‘Paper Cut’ session includes a homemade afternoon tea. Take along inspiration – such as photos, illustrations and art – to work from and learn how to create your favourite images in paper form. Next course Saturday, October 25, 2–5.30pm; £48 (

2) Create contemporary paper cuts at Solo & Kojima

Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima runs workshops from her London studio and will design a unique pattern that’s simple enough for the class to use. Her unusual style has been recognised by the Jerwood Makers Open Commission, for which she created a life-size polar bear sculpture last year (pictured), using a single three-metre-square sheet of paper. £80 for a two-hour class; check the website for upcoming dates (

3) Settle down with a good book

Turn to The Fairytale Princess: Seven Classic Stories from the Enchanted Forest by Su Blackwell (£14.95, Thames & Hudson) for ethereal inspiration. Photographs of Blackwell’s beautiful paper sculptures accompany retellings of seven famous fairytales. Meanwhile, Paper Cutting by Laura Heyenga (£17.99, Chronicle Books) features a foreword by papercut maestro Rob Ryan, plus work by 25 other papercut artists. Finally, Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (£30, Tate Publishing) coincides with the summer exhibition of the artist’s work and is filled with previously unpublished archive photography and details of Matisse’s colourful cutouts: he took to the medium towards the end of his life as ill health prevented him from painting.

Words: Sarah Morgan