Pippa Dyrlaga is a Yorkshire-based artist and printmaker who has chosen a quite different way of showing her hand skills. Graduated in Contemporary Art, she uses classic paper cutting techniques to create delicate fine art cutouts. The subtle design of her art refers to the aesthetics of Art Nouveau posters created at the beginning of the 20th century.
Dyrlaga’s work is meticulous and usually relies on using a single sheet of paper per drawing, in which she makes the mold with pencils and then cuts the back with stilettos and other special instruments. Done manually, the cutting process can take up to 80-100 hours to complete, but the level of detail is impressive and the final result resembles fine lace.
A couple of days after I finished this piece my much loved grandad passed away and so I've been dealing with that this week and I've been thinking about him a lot. Whilst the piece wasn't about my grandad, I guess in a way this artwork is quite poignant. He lived a life that at times was very hard. He was Polish (thats where my surname is from). He spent most of the war in a German Labour camp, and he came to England as a displaced person after being unable to return home to Poland. Despite his early hardships, he was able to find the beauty in his world and went on to build a good life and a family. He was happy. A beautiful life came to it's natural end and now lives in all its wonderful memories.
A short while ago I was interviewed by @create_mag and will be appearing in their upcoming print issue. Exciting! Also, this was how my heart felt this morning when I went outside and the sun was shining and it smelt like things growing and then I thought oh my gosh, is spring here? Lets turn the heating off! And then the sun went away and now I'm freezing.
Yesterday I spotted some snowdrops outside poking out of the empty ground in an old plantpot. I'm sure they weren't there last year! One thing that I've found about papercutting is that it allows me time to think and plan. I'm not ashamed to admit I'm not the most organised person, and sometimes get a bit overwhelmed if I have a lot of different things to do and the calm pace of my work is the perfect way to organise my thoughts. So today I've been thinking whilst I cut out some little snowdrops. Planning my next pieces, thinking about other work I have happening.
Where is all the rain?! Here in Yorkshire, we are used to it raining at least every other day so all this continued lovely weather is very confusing for us. A little Totoro. More exciting news soon on the theme of Miyazaki films. . . . . . . . . #papercut #totoro #studioghibli #miyazaki #papercutting #paperart #papercutart #papercutartist #paperartist #myneighbourtotoro #cutpaper