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.

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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

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

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.

Papercutting Workshops

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

Then papercutting is for you.

This workshop is ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the basics of papercutting. Papercutting 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 5 years, she has been published in several books about Papercutting 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

February 24th, 2018 – 10am- 1pm.
Wimbledon Library, London

3D Modelling Paper
March 10 and 17th, 10 to 15pm.
OGB Space, Brighton

March 24th, 2018, 10-1 pm.
Ditchling Museum of Art and Crafts,
Ditchling.

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.”

Newham Carnival 2017

I was approached by Emergency Exit Arts, a community-focused arts group, to participate in a project alongside several other artists. Our mission was to create and deliver ideas for the Newham Carnival 2017. We spent a couple of days designing the main features and preparing the materials we would need to deliver the workshops. Having developed our ideas, throughout June we visited primary schools across the borough to help children bring alive our designs for the Carnival.  We worked in different groups with specific designs relating to Rio, New Orleans, Venice, and Trinidad & Tobago. Each team had different colours,  schemes and themes. The children we met with were from a range of backgrounds, each bringing different ideas to the workshops. It was brilliant to see the range of cultural references in the designs.

This project gave me great experience of working at scale, using a range of different materials, such as plastic, card and paper mache. I helped with one of the floats working on a crown for a massive king’s head. I also developed my ability to work with a diverse group of young people and inspire them to explore their creativity.

 


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.