DIY Christmas Window Display

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Hello! Christmas is fast approaching. This weekend we had a bit of fun creating a Christmassy window display at home using some of my paper cuts. The children had a lot of fun helping me putting all the stars in place. It is a great activity to do with kids and looks lovely with candles. Want to make your own? Just follow these simple instructions:

What you’ll need

– 2/3 straight-ish thin branches from the park
– 6 sheets of white or cream paper
Invisible Thread
Sticky dots
– 4 pieces of this rustic Jute string to hold the branches together
– Scissors or Scalpel
– These downloadable patterns to copy the figures (just in case you don’t want to draw them)
– Some Christmas lights

Instructions 🙂
1. We found that two branches adequately spanned our window but use as many or as few as you need. Tie a piece of string onto both ends of each branch.
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2. Wrap the Christmas lights around the branches and tie them up so they run along the top of the window.
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3. Copy the patterns/drawings onto the cream paper. If you don’t want to draw them and then cut them with scissors or a scalpel. Make a lot of stars. The moon can be a little bit tricky, but you can always do an easy version with a circle.
4. Place the sticky dots behind each piece and stick them to the window, let the kids do this part!
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5. Cut four pieces of invisible thread and hang them from the branches running down to the bottom of the window. Stick the ends down with scotch tape or tie them around the branch to keep them straight. Stick some more stars onto the thread, you can secure them with cellotape on the back.
6. Put some candles at the bottom, I used this lovely paper holders
7. Voila! You have a Christmas Display!

And if you do this, please take some photos and send them to me, I’d love to see you get on.

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My Wardrobe – Paper Sculpture

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Every night I have a discussion with my husband -“You have too many clothes”, – “actually no, I need more space!”. So I thought why not recreate my wardrobe? It is full of stuff…. can you see the cat?
It is made with ivory and brown textured paper.
It has a wooden base. Height: 32 cm.

I made a very similar piece for the book “Beautiful Paper Cutting: Over 30 Creative Projects for Cards, Gifts, Decor, and Jewelry” published by Lark Crafts.

CASArt 2014

CASA Festival is a Latin American theatre and art festival which has been running in London since 2007.  It presents the very best Latin American performers and artists to UK audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

CASArt, an integral part of the festival, is a yearly competition seeking to uncover the best in emerging new Latin American artistic talent. My collaboration with stop motion film maker Enrique Rovira won the competition which meant that we were invited to take over the entire Rich Mix gallery in London for the duration of the festival. The film was projected on loop and presented alongside other examples of my paper cut artwork.

Our piece was a short animation film about the little special things that happen in all kinds of homes, and the emotions that stay inside the walls when people leave their houses. The entire film was made with pieces of my cut handcrafted paper work, painstakingly captured using stop motion film techniques. We were very proud of the resulting film and are currently collaborating on a number of other interesting commissions in the advertising space.