UNESCO Youth Forum

I was honoured to work on this project for the UNESCO‘s 10th Youth Forum that is taking place 25-26th October this year in Paris. This year’s title is ‘Rethinking #Youth #Engagement with UNESCO’
I was asked to create an image that symbolised all the amazing people working together to make the world a better place.
I created a papercut design with a symmetrical world featuring different colours for each region.


My Neighbourghood

This is my neighbourhood. My house is the one at the top of the hill.
Paper Houses in glass dome with light inside.
Height: 33 cm.
Personal work.
You can find it in my Etsy Shop.
Commissions available if you want to recreate your house in paper. Drop me a line and we can design it together.

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Paper Cutting Workshops

Are you looking to explore your artistic side and develop a new practical skill?

Then paper cutting is for you.

This workshop is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of paper cutting. Paper cutting is a fast growing trend and a great way of creating designs to brighten up your home, create decorations for special occasions such as Christmas and Weddings, or make personal gifts for friends and family.

During this three hour workshop you will learn how to use a scalpol knife to cut intricate designs from existing templates. You will learn various techniques which I’ll talk you through step by step, and will be encouraged to experiment with colours and textures using a selection of papers to create your piece. You will create your own artwork which you can then take home with you. Your work can then be mounted into a frame and given as a present, or displayed in your own home. You will also learn how to create your own designs for future artworks.

All materials will be provided and you will get to go home with one small but wonderful artwork ready to frame and hang on your wall. Classes are limited so please be quick if you would like to book. Tea and cake will be provided.

I’ve been a papercutter for 7 years, she has been published in several books about Paper Cutting and did several paper illustration for publications. She is an illustrator and graphic designer, papercutter and very experienced teacher, excited to pass on these skills to other makers.

For more information please email me.

Coming Workshops 2018

April 21st, 2018; 10 to 1pm.
Lawrence Art Studio
16 Kingsthorpe Road, Hove, BN3 5HR
Tickets here

June 14th, 2018; 10 to 1pm.
west Elm, West Elm, The Bentall Centre
Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1TP
Tickets here

3D Paper Modelling (Nine Hours Course)
June 16th and 23th; 10-14.30pm both days.
My Papercut Forest Studio, Brighton
Tickets here

Comments of previous students about this workshop

“Humour, freedom to be creative but with good templates to start from /customise. Relaxed, fun, great biscuits!”

“Very relaxing, yet creatively challenging”

“Silvina was lovely, very patient. Well organised”

“Everything was so smooth and gentle, it was very relaxing.”

“Really welcoming, relaxed and friendly. Great fun”

“Friendly and inspiring teacher with a good range of equipment and materials. A lovely project, much more that I thought we’d be able to achieve.”

“The actual project, very sophisticated yet achievable.”

“It was great, really relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Gave me lots of confidence to try at home.”

My paper garden

In the past couple of years, I started gardening. It’s absolutely wonderful to see how everything grows in this country. So I decided to recreate the exact same plants I have in my garden, but in paper. Fuchsias, geraniums, a spider plant, tulips, calendulas, dahlias, orchid, lavender. And of course the tools: gloves, a watering can, trowel, mini secateurs and spades.
The box is 23x23cm so the flowers are very small, it’s all handmade.
You can find more details on my Etsy Shop

Beautiful Paper Cutting

My work was featured in a book called “Beautiful Paper Cutting” published by an American company called Sterling Publishing. I presented two projects alongside ‘how to’ explanations and templates. It was a wonderful project to be involved!
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Mini paper houses

Let me tell you something about my neighbourhood. After the second world war, a group of service men returned to find a severe shortage of housing. They decided to create a collective and build their own houses. They asked for land, donations and loans from the council and local business, and built the first two houses in just seven weeks. After two years that had built 20 houses in total, costing £700 each. At the end, they picked a number from a hat to decide which of them would own each house.

I live in one of those houses now in Bevendean, Brighton, UK – right opposite the South Downs.
Brighton Ex Service Men’s Housing Society was a brilliant success and I feel very lucky to be living in one of these very special house.

I’ve been making tiny paper houses in domes inspired by my neighbourhood and this enterprising collective. I’m donating money from these sales to the victims that lost their homes to hurricane Irma/Harvey in the last few weeks, and to those who were forced out by para-militia burning their homes in Rohingya villages in Myanmar.
When life is unfair, the only way is being kind to others. I’ll spend a month doing more and more paper houses, for them.

The house is 25mm. The dimension of the dome are:
Size: 25mm diameter x38mm high

You can find them at my Etsy Shop

Ode to Anxiety

Ode to Anxiety – Personal Work

A couple of months ago, my baby was quite ill. My anxiety was all over the place, couldn’t sleep really. Every night I went to my desk and hand cut it a little bit of this piece. It’s completely handmade. Took me 3 months to complete, doing and hour now and then when everyone else was sleeping in the house. Papercutting helps me to focus and relax when I need it the most.
I called it “Ode to Anxiety” because that’s how I felt it. Something growing and growing like a plant coming from the stomach, taking over everything that was around. I’m very fond of this piece, it’s very different of what I normally do. Finished it when Felix was better and cured.