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Win a copy of Paper Cut

by Camilla

If you’re amazed by what can be achieved by just cutting or folding paper, be prepared to be awed by this book. Paper Cut by Owen Gildersleeve features 25 of the top papercraft illustrators working in the field across the globe.


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Author Owen Gildersleeve is an illustrator known for his papercraft illustration, which gives him brilliant insight into their worlds and allows him to delve deep into their inspirations, methods, collaborations and techniques. He knows which questions to ask and is given rare behind-the-scenes access to the processes that make the final piece.

Artists featured in the book include Rob Ryan, Chrissie Macdonald, Helen Musselwhite, plus our current papercraft crush Fideli Sundqvist, plus many more and over 250 full-colour images to swoon over.


We’re thrilled to have three copies of Paper Cut to give away. It’s super easy to enter – all you need to do is send us a piece of papercraft inspired by your favourite fairytale. Not really. All you actually need to do is leave a comment on this blog post or email us at competitions@folksy.co.uk with the subject line “I’m crushing on papercraft”. (Unless you really want to send us your incredible examples of papercraft, because that would be nice too.) The deadline for entries is midnight on Tuesday 8th July.

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Paper Cut by Owen Gildersleeve is out now in hardback.
Published by Rockport, priced £20.

To order Paper Cut at the discounted price of £16.00 including p&p* (RRP £20.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG168.
*This offer is only available within the UK. Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.

An exhibition with artwork from the book and workshops with some of the artists featured will run throughout September at The Proud Archivist gallery in Haggerston, east London.
Paper Cut at The Proud Archivist runs 4-25 September 2014.

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Examples of papercraft by Swedish prop designer and papercut artist Fideli Sundqvist 

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Mandy Smith setting up her still life paper set, photographed by Leon Hendrickx for Paper Cut


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Louise Jenkins July 1, 2014 - 5:40 pm

I really don’t know much about paper cutting, only what I make at home and sell online at Folksy. I would love to discover other artists, because it’s use is endless and it might give me encouragement and help extend what I believe I can achieve. Please pick me, please

durandconnie July 1, 2014 - 6:48 pm

WOW paper cutting is an art form that we need to keep around. I’m always looking for ideas to use with paper (I’m a paper addict), I’ve got it around but need inspiration:) thanks for an opportunity, -con

cLare July 1, 2014 - 9:03 pm

ooh, id love this book, it looks really inspiring! :)

Robyn Wilson-Owen July 1, 2014 - 9:04 pm

Pick me! because I love papercutting, and illustration and books!

Vicky Brown July 1, 2014 - 9:06 pm

I’m so glad I don’t have to proof my paper cutting skills to enter this competition as they are limited to making snowflakes at Christmas with my daughter. But I think paper cutting is BEAUTIFUL and I’d love to know more.

Ali Hussain July 1, 2014 - 9:20 pm

I’ve been intrigued by paper cutting for a while now, but it sort of scares me a bit, it looks so delicate and I barely have the patience to knit on anything smaller than a 4mm needle, let alone create something like that tea party picture up there. I wouldn’t mind giving it a go though!

Anja Schafer July 1, 2014 - 9:32 pm

I’m a huge fan of Rob Ryan and would love to discover more about other artists.x

sue July 1, 2014 - 11:23 pm

Well, I would send you an amazing paper sculpture, however I’m a little busy at the moment to get my scalpel out! However, I would love the chance to be able to own this amazing looking book, even if I could never emulate the artists within it…. Fingers crossed xxx

Tricia Z July 2, 2014 - 6:23 am

Wow, this book looks so intriguing! It is amazing that so much can be done with paper, patience, and talent!

Rachel July 2, 2014 - 7:28 am

Wow, what a beautiful book. Looks like it will be full of inspiring pictures!

Cath July 2, 2014 - 7:42 am

Beautiful work, wonderful. My husband is a papercutter and would loooove this book! Make me the best wife in the world! ;)

Heather and Gary July 2, 2014 - 8:21 am

This book looks beautiful – and it would put all our ‘test prints’ to good use!
So if we win one that means less fire lighters and more lovely artworks :)

Sarah July 2, 2014 - 8:35 am

I’m crushing on papercraft

Rachael Crockett July 2, 2014 - 11:05 am

Please pick me as I love papercraft but need some help and guidance to get started properly…would love this book to be the first coffee table book in the lounge of my new home…am eagerly awaiting help and inspiration…..thanks

Rachael Crockett July 2, 2014 - 11:06 am

“I’m crushing on papercraft”…xx

wendy July 2, 2014 - 11:32 am

that looks like a gorgeous book, i’d love to have a copy

Fiona Powers July 2, 2014 - 2:04 pm

lovely looking book, lots of inspiration, I’m crushing on papercraft, and would love to win a copy.

Mariya July 2, 2014 - 2:20 pm

The book looks gorgeous and I’d love to win a copy! Best of luck to everyone!

John Somers July 2, 2014 - 2:29 pm

What a great book! This one would get a nice spot on my bookshelf.

Sue Johnstone July 2, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Looks like a beautifully illustrated book with inspiring ideas would love a copy!
Here’s a link to the paper cut of our Venus & Cupid sculpture in Morecambe by the talented paper cutter James Attwood see http://jimspaperart.wordpress.com/2013/05/

Naimah July 2, 2014 - 3:40 pm

oh my goodness i NEED this!! i love papercutting and i’ve wanted this book!
thought i’d maybe buy it when i can save up money…but this is an amazing comp! so awesome!
heck i’m even gonna send an email of the papercutting i’ve done!! haha!

Caishnah July 2, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Yay! I haven’t been to London in years but will be down in September so really hope to see the exhibition!

Loll Newman July 2, 2014 - 4:40 pm

What a great book! Would love to own a copy!

laura redburn July 2, 2014 - 7:27 pm

i’m a collage illustrator and feeling stuck for inspiration lately, so some paper cut wizardry by my side will be sure to inspire! :)

Emma Moss July 2, 2014 - 7:42 pm

I seem to try every craft going and papercraft is one I’m itching to give a go, so a little inspiration in the form of this wonderful book would be fantastic. And it would also be great for mopping up the blood, once I do give it a go!

Laura Grace July 3, 2014 - 8:20 am

Looks like a very interesting and beautiful book with loads of inspiration and new techniques to try out in my own work.

Julie July 3, 2014 - 9:03 am

Oooooh my if only I could get my hands on this little beauty “I’m crushing on papercraft”. Papercraft Rocks!!!

Adele Duckworth July 3, 2014 - 10:29 am

YES PLEEEEAAASSSE! What an amazing treat for us folksy fans, I’d love to win. Thank you

Claire Harris July 3, 2014 - 12:53 pm

What a beautiful and inspiring looking book!

Rachael July 3, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Does it have a chapter on paper cuts?!

Claire Crouchley July 3, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Ooh, yes please! I’d love to win a copy!!

Sarah July 3, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Wow these are amazing!

KathyS July 3, 2014 - 1:06 pm

The detail is amazing.

Bekk July 3, 2014 - 1:11 pm

What a beautiful looking book. I’d love to have a good look at those pictures.

judith hart July 3, 2014 - 1:54 pm

I’d really love to have this book so I could put to use all of the pretty papers and things I have stashed.

I am a full time carer and single mum to my teenage son and crafting of all sorts is the one thing that gets me through.

Samantha Ackland July 3, 2014 - 1:57 pm

What a lovely prize, i have never done any paper crafting past card making, this book looks amazing, i would love to win it xx

sara nixon July 3, 2014 - 2:04 pm

What a fabulous book.

Richard Smithston July 3, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Wow. I’m in love with all things papercraft. I would love a copy of this book to inform and inspire my humble creations! Either way I’ll be off to the exhibition so thanks for letting me know!

Claire G July 3, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Always amazing by what can be done with paper so would love this book!! :-)

Joanna Duncan July 3, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Paper is an art form in itself, beautiful textures, elegant, flexible and you can achieve many things with it – would love to win a copy to enhance my knowledge of paper please :0)

Kate Allison-Mills July 3, 2014 - 2:31 pm

I AM, in fact, crushing on papercraft! I have a pinboard full of inspiration, but this book looks amazing, and I’d dearly adore to have it!

Irene Vos July 3, 2014 - 4:21 pm

what a wonder through fantasy land………. I have tried paper-cuts, but had no idea of the incredible possibilities that there are! Would love to win a copy of this book.

Sarah Elliott July 3, 2014 - 5:15 pm

The book looks like a great source of inspiration!

Lilli McGinn July 3, 2014 - 5:49 pm

I am so intrigued by papercutting but afraid to start, this book would give me a push and get me going.

Mara Parsnips July 3, 2014 - 6:38 pm

WOW I can finally say, in all honesty, ‘I’m loving it’!

Veronica July 3, 2014 - 7:43 pm

What a fab book! It has reminded me of the tiny paper sculptures here http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_book_sculptures
As an illustrator I’d love to give this a go.

Margaret Jeffrey July 3, 2014 - 9:31 pm

I’ve been searching for a new craft to master. This book would be the ideal introduction to an amazing new interest.

Rachael Barry July 3, 2014 - 11:18 pm

Wow I love paper cutting and sculpting. I would love to learn more. I would use the new ideas to create workshops for the community I work in. People really enjoy making beautiful things, I love to see their sense of pride when they finish their masterpiece.

Belinda Higgins July 4, 2014 - 1:15 am

I ✂ Would ✂ Love ✂ To ✂ Win ✂ This ✂ Book ✂ …. I’m ✂ In ✂ Paper ✂ Cut ✂ Love ❤

Leanne Oughton July 4, 2014 - 10:12 am

What a gorgeous looking book! I’m growing more into illustration and seeing what can be done with just paper is stunning. An inspirational read that would be a welcome addition to my book collection :)

Emily Windle July 4, 2014 - 12:30 pm

All this is so inspiring, I would love a copy x

Rebecca O'Hare July 4, 2014 - 12:42 pm

“I’m crushing on Papercraft!” – no really I am, love everything and anything paper related! This book would sit very well in my craft library! x

Emma Farley July 4, 2014 - 12:55 pm

This book looks beautiful! Fingers crossed :)

Lisa July 4, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Omg I would totally love to win this, fingers crossed!!! Xxx

Adrienne Frances July 4, 2014 - 1:07 pm

I loooooove papercraft, and am so pleased that new books have started to come out showing inspiring contemporary examples! I’d be totally chuffed to win this.. and maybe it’ll help chivvy me along with my aspirations to make an entirely paper wedding! :)

Eilidh Soe-Paing July 4, 2014 - 2:48 pm

WoW, what a wonderful book! Just the inspiration I need to do something creative during my school holidays. I’d love a copy.

Nicola Davies July 4, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Paper cutting is on my list of crafts to try and this books looks like it will be very inspirational and give me lots of ideas of things to try : D

Carrie July 4, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Wowsers – I have a huge crush on papercraft!

Mary July 4, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Already an avid crafter and always looking for inspiration so this book looks perfect.

Jenna Chambers July 4, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Oooh this would give me a great excuse to learn how to use my new scalpel :)

Liz Morgan July 4, 2014 - 5:42 pm

I have always been fascinated by paper and have recently started paper cutting with the help of the lovely Paper Panda. I would love this book for ideas old and new xxx

The Catkin Boutique July 4, 2014 - 5:53 pm

I’d like to combine paper cutting with my love of printing paper! Just looking at these few pages is inspiring – I’d really love to see more :D ~Nicky

Helen Holmes July 4, 2014 - 10:02 pm

I’m crushing! Looks like a great book that I’m sure would help my craftiness x

Gemma Jackson July 5, 2014 - 8:41 am

Wow looks amazing!

Anne Phillips July 5, 2014 - 10:05 am

Something I have often thought I would like to try as a change from wool/material crafting but unsure where to start, the book looks very inspirational and more importantly FUN :-)

Francis Hayes July 5, 2014 - 12:57 pm

Wow – this looks so inspiring. I’d love to sse more.

amy fletcher July 6, 2014 - 12:08 am

Love paper cutting so admire these images and artists work. I did a paper cut for my husband on our first wedding anniversary it was rather rough in places. I also teach art and did a project with my year 7s using craft knifes and paper some of their work was amazing. Would love to inspire more students by having this book they would be mesmorised !

Emma (The Sparkly Fairy) July 7, 2014 - 10:59 am

Oh what a fabulous book – always looking for inspiration for my cardmaking and papercraft. Emma

Ali July 7, 2014 - 11:07 am

I’m crushing on papercraft! These look so amazing I’d love to create something so intricate :)

Kao Alilas July 7, 2014 - 3:16 pm

I’ve played with various types of papercraft for some years but just start to try paper cutting recently. Since I don’t have solid ideas of how to present the cutting, I simply cut my works randomly. The book could give me some start ideas and help practicing. :)

Heather July 7, 2014 - 9:27 pm

definitely crushing!

Gemma Daniels July 7, 2014 - 9:34 pm

I absolutely love this type of art. It’s always so fresh and exciting, as well as beautiful to look at. :)

Lol Lowe July 7, 2014 - 9:35 pm

I’ve never known where to start with paper cutting – I’d love to give it a try!

Michelle July 7, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Ooh please x

sarah veness July 7, 2014 - 10:05 pm

I would love to win the book as I do a lot of papercrafting for charity fundraising

Sara Wordley July 7, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Sounds like an awesome book, lots to learn on paper cutting mind. Would love to win it and practice ideas!

Amanda July 7, 2014 - 10:55 pm

I’m crushing on papercraft. And I would be ‘paperly’ thrilled to win this beautiful book.

Katherine Shrldon July 8, 2014 - 7:06 am

I’m crushing on paper craft! Would love to win this book, it looks beautiful.

jocelyn July 15, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Small worlds made in paper – fantastic. I can’t wait to see the other pages

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