It may be late on Friday evening, but don’t let that stop you from discovering work from the talented Emily England Designs. Her paper craft work is delicate, intricate and beautiful.
1. Your paper cuts are so beautiful and delicate! How did you get into the craft?
I’ve always been really crafty, I studied graphic design at uni and landed up making loads of things for my projects especially books and cut out things. After I graduated I didn’t really want to go into graphics so decided to do a course in bookbinding and just got more and more into paper cutting along the way!
2. A lot of your work features strong, bold typography. What influences your choice of type?
I’m a bit of a type nerd (blame the Graphic Designer in me!) and spend hours choosing typefaces! You’ll regularly find me being indecisive between 2 typefaces that any sane person would say are the same! We spent a lot of time learning about type at uni and I’d go to the letterpress room loads too so I guess my choices are influenced by traditional typography and calligraphy. I’m definitely one of those people who’s allergic to comic sans…
3. Are you working on any new paper cut books?
Yes! I’ve been working on a series of books depicting ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’ by Dylan Thomas. They are for a window display at the Cinema Bookshop in Hay-On-Wye for the literary festival which is really exciting!
4. What’s your favourite source of inspiration?
A lot of my work is inspired by stories and poems, things like Little Red Riding Hood or Alice in Wonderland. To be honest I like to do dark and weird ones – I’m not sure what that says about me! I like taking them and making them into something beautiful so there’s a juxtaposition between the words and image. I’m also massively inspired by the Welsh landscape and, in particular, the coast – I think it’s so pretty! I spent a lot of my childhood in Pembrokeshire and that definitely has a big impact on my work.
5. Where do you want your work to be in a year’s time, and how will you get there?
The V&A…. in my dreams (maybe one day hey?!) I would like to be in more galleries and maybe some published books. I’m starting my Masters in Illustration in September so I’m not sure where my work will be in a year and whether it will have changed at all. I’m hoping it will give me more confidence to approach galleries and talk about my work in a way that people will take me more seriously as an artist. It’s definitely an exciting time and I’m really looking forward to seeing where I am next year!
And keep an eye out for Emily at an Etsy event or craft fair near you.
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