Papercutting – The Why of Paperama®

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I’m often asked why and how I got into papercutting and set up my own business. So I thought I would give you a little insight into how it all began.

Why?

The why is easy; why not?

I have had a love of art and creative works my whole life and often found myself saying “I wish I could …” I would have loved to have been an artist. I even spoke to a teacher about graphic design and was basically told I wasn’t good enough! Hopes dashed in one fell swoop. Why couldn’t she see how fabulous I was? One of my master pieces made it into a calendar when I was 13 for goodness sake!

Childhood Calendar Piece
Floating Banana Masterpiece

OK so it wasn’t all that great. We still laugh at the amazing floating banana to this day!

 

Follow many years of wanting, admiring; battling my own frustrations and lack of confidence. I still struggle when it comes to pencils / paint and paper.

Hallelujah for scalpels!

So there I was off work and looking for something to do. I decided to make my little cousin a birthday card “I know I’ll get the craft knife out” and there I was cutting away with no idea what I was actually doing and not overly impressed with my efforts. However I knew he would be happy with it and I was enjoying myself.

I was enjoying this, I was being creative. I was making something and I LIKED IT.

As a youth worker I do my best to motivate, encourage and inspire young people to be all that they can and want to be. Over the years I have heard so many dreams shattered, so many demotivated souls because they have been told they can’t, they won’t. Every time I say “yes you can!” My opening speech to each new group is “I don’t care what you have been told up until now, I don’t care how many times you have been told you’re a waster, you will never amount to anything, you will never achieve, and you’re not good enough. I am telling you, YOU CAN and YOU ARE! From now on it’s a clean slate. If you put your mind to it you can do it; you can be successful. I will help you but I won’t do it for you. You give me all you’ve got and I will PROMISE to do EVERYTHING I possibly can to help you” …

YES YOU CAN
Original Handcut Papercut – Sell Yer Cannaes and Buy A Can

 

YES YOU CAN!

…I thought maybe it was time to start practising what I preach.

I had no idea what I was doing, I didn’t know there was an art form by the name of papercutting. Paper Art to me was in the form of Origami (which I have done since I was a child). I was inspired, what else could I do? I wanted to know more. I wanted to make more, enjoy more and there my papercutting journey began.

Next time I’ll tell you more about the how.

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4 Responses

  1. Joni
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    Love it!!! Anything is possible with prayer and will power! Excited and ready for more!

    • Kerry
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      I’m excited too Joni, glad to hear you’re right there with me 🙂 x

  2. Nicola
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    Fantastic, love hearing about the story behind the business – can’t wait to read the next installment.

    Nicola xx

    • Kerry
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      Thanks Nicola, glad you enjoyed reading xx

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