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.
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!
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!
…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.