Paper ranks up there as probably one of the most ephemeral materials to use, yet that hasn't stopped artists over the centuries from using it in all kinds of artworks, from traditional images from folktales to more modern tales of environmental disaster and redemption to a clever reuse of old paper maps.
Yorkshire, England papercutting artist Pippa Dyrlaga transforms her experience of growing up and living in a canal boat in rural Yorkshire, surrounded by the "best of British wildlife," into these intricate works of paper art.
Using birds, furry animals, insects and various plants as inspiration, Dyrlaga also turns to architecture and sometimes even pop culture references and activism as subject matter to capture in her detailed paper pieces. As she tells Yatzer, "I love the possibilities of a crisp, clean sheet of white paper."
Dyrlaga only took on paper as an art medium back in 2010 when she was studying for her masters degree. Since then, she's created dozens of amazing images that combine a fine sense of composition, proportion and geometry. Rather than just cutting out the forms of wildlife, she also adds another dimension to them by framing them in decorative circles, shapes and organic tendrils of plant life. These circles and ornamental tracery seem to tell a story about the interconnectedness of all life.
To create her works, Dyrlaga first sketches out the image she wants on the reverse side of the paper sheet in question, and cuts out each little detail with a sharp scalpel, editing and changing the image as she goes. It's quite remarkable that the completed pieces are so delicate and precise, and yet are created with this dynamic process.
As these extraordinary, hand-made works of art show, sometimes it's nature and our personal connection to it that can be the biggest inspiration of all. In addition to creating papercut art, Dyrlaga also sells limited edition prints of her images in her online shop. To see more, visit Pippa Dyrlaga.