Friday
Jun152018

Kickstarter Campaign by Suzy Taylor, Paper-cut Artist

Suzy Taylor is a world-renowned paper cut artist who works from her home studio in Devon, England. Inspired by her son's interest in dexterous playing card manipulation or "cardistry," Suzy set out to create her own deck and cut each of the designs by hand.

 

"Creating a fully-custom deck of cards was an immense and rewarding challenge." says Suzy. The twelve court cards, ace of spades, jokers and back design were cut by hand, then digitized with a high-resolution scanner.

 

Suzy has launched an already successful Kickstarter campaign in association with Art of Play to see her cards manufactured. Take a look at the campaign here.

Each deck will come enclosed in a letterpress-printed tuck-case with gold foiling and embossed accents, giving these lovingly crafted cards the ornate packaging they deserve.

Hunched over a magnifying glass, craft knife in hand, Suzy Taylor is the epitome of patience and precision. Beneath her tiny blade is a blank sheet of paper, but in her imagination, a dizzyingly complex design is waiting to reveal itself. Days later, thousands of minuscule slivers of paper litter the tabletop and what is left is an intricate lace, extremely delicate and supremely beautiful. This is the time-honored tradition of paper cut art and these are new Papercuts playing cards. First the artwork is sketched onto the paper and then the painstaking cutting process begins. Suzy spent over a year creating these designs and the end result is breathtaking.


 

Sunday
Nov192017

Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Glasgow Style

In 2018 Glasgow will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of talented Glasgow-born architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. There will be an extensive programme of talks, tours and events thought the year, the highlight of which will be a major exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. (30th March - 14th August).  The exhibition will showcase objects relating to Mackintosh and the Glasgow style. Many of these objects will be on display for the first time in a generation and others making their first appearance. It will be an exhibition not to be missed. 


 

Glasgow Style is a very distinctive set of decorative art and design works made in Glasgow between 1890 and 1920 and centred around The Glasgow School of Art and Mackintosh. It is considered to be Great Britain’s contribution to Art Nouveau and Scotland’s most significant contribution to the Arts and Crafts movement. 

 

The applied art that will be on display couldn’t be more current. The tactile, graphic, and very British designs reflect many of the influences that are popular today. The Celtic and Japanese references are seen in many contemporary styles of the moment. Today’s interest in embroidery and other crafts can be seen in the Glasgow Style objects. 

 

The designs are available for license and would be suitable for all sorts of merchandise - ceramics, textiles, stationery. With the Glasgow Museums provenance this would be a quality, evergreen license that would only grow sales, with the added benefit of the support of the retail arm of the Museums.