Poppy Chancellor puts a contemporary twist on the traditional art of paper cutting, an art dating back to 4th century China. Based in London, Chancellor’s background is in illustrations. It was while studying at the Royal Drawing School that she started making customized paper artworks for her friends and family.
Jump forward a decade later and she now works with clients as big as Nike, Adidas, and YouTube, with a following of more than 20k fans on Instagram alone. She also runs papercutting workshops for brands, events, and festivals, teaching hundreds of people at venues such as The Royal Academy of Art, The V&A Museum, and The Southbank Centre.
A creative at heart, Chancellor’s artistic passion was there from the very start. “My upbringing was very ramshackle,” she admitted in an interview with Bibelot Magazine. “No rules and lots of creative outlets, I used to draw all over my bedroom walls.”
“Paper is such a familiar thing to us, something that we’d probably just chuck in the bin,” she adds, talking about her practice. “I enjoy that I can elevate it and turn it into something really beautiful.” Below you’ll find some examples.