It's hard to believe Georgia Low is only 23. In the past few years she has embarked on a successful art career, building a papercutting business and publishing a book Nature Cuts. She now focuses on her art full-time; working on commissions in her North Wales studio. Her intricate works are at once whimsical and striking, drawing heavily on nature as a source of inspiration. Here, Georgia shares with us her process and influences.
Did you always want to be an artist?
In short, not at all! I think when I was a child I wanted to be a hair dresser actually. I loved art though; I would be drawing and painting every chance I could get - not that I was very good!
How did you get into paper cutting as a medium?
I sort of fell into papercutting. I actually went to university to study TV and Radio, but decided it wasn’t for me. So when I left I decided to have a go at papercutting after I had made a birthday card for my mum. I was instantly hooked and haven’t looked back since!
What does your typical day look like?
The joys of working from my home studio is that my day can be quite varied. However, I wake up around 8am and take my dog Millie for her morning walk. I then have breakfast and get cracking on any commissions I have outstanding. I only really break for lunch and Millie’s second walk! I do tend to finish work at around 6pm though when my boyfriend comes home, so we can relax together, otherwise I would probably work into the night!
Could you give a brief explanation of the paper cutting process?
Once I have my clients initial brief consisting of the size and details they want included, I cut my paper to size (if necessary) and then sketch out the design with my pencil. At this point I will send the client a photo of the sketch if preferred, however most of my clients are happy to be surprised.I then cut along the lines using my scalpel, then once the design is complete, I flip the paper over to reveal the clean side.
It can also be quite tricky with writing as everything has to be drawn backwards, so that once it’s flipped over, everything is the correct way round.
How long does a work usually take?
It varies as it completely depends on the level of detail and the size of the piece. For example, my Bee papercut was 40x40cm but was so complex that it took 5 days in total to draw and cut. Smaller pieces such as an A4 size would usually take around 1-3 days depending on the detail.
Your works draw quite heavily on nature. Has this always been a source of inspiration for you?
Definitely! I am nature obsessed. I moved up to North Wales from London when I was just 7, and it was quite a big change. From a built up city to being surrounded by countryside - I loved it! I’m also a huge lover of animals, so I like to incorporate them into my designs a lot of the time.
You recently published your first book. Was this something you’d always planned to do?
I have always loved the idea of having my own book, but never thought I’d ever have the opportunity. So I was thrilled when I was asked to make one, and it still feels a bit surreal!
How important has social media been in sharing your work?
Incredibly important. When I first started papercutting I had just left university and didn’t have a job, so I decided to create a Facebook page to sell my art and it just took off. Instagram was the most helpful though as my art has been shared by big design accounts in the past which gained me some more recognition.
What does 2018 have in store?
That’s a tough one! I have actually been thinking about making a children’s book with my art, so I’d love to start that this year. I’d also love to make another ‘How to’ book as I enjoyed the first one so much! Other than that, I am working on a few new things at the moment but only time will tell if they work out!
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