The Bridgeman Studio Award 2016

For the third year running Bridgeman Studio ran an award this summer, with the aim of uncovering and celebrating new contemporary artists worldwide. There’s always a grand prize and this year it was a £1,000 commission to illustrate the cover image for the next book by Rosie Garland, published by The Borough Press. To enter, all you had to do was submit images on the theme of ‘Night’. The images could be new or pre-existing. I submitted two of my 3D paper illustrations, the first is called ‘The City Sleeps’ and was inspired by the streets of Amsterdam. I snipped it up using the mountain of photographs I have from multiple visits to the city as references. The second illustration is called ‘Light up the Night’. I like the simplistic graphic feel of this one from afar, but the complexity when you take a closer look. Neither piece are my usual vibrant palette, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! I’ve also included some ‘under construction’ snaps from the studio and a picture of ‘Light up the Night’ next to the primary sketch I made for the piece. The primary sketches I work from usually take all of about one minute to complete and are customarily scrawl-like! However, they allow me to visualise the composition of the piece before I commit to paper, so are always a fundamental part of my design process!


papercut cityscape buildings isobel barber


3d paper sparkler night Isobel barber Bridgeman Studio


3d paper engineering isobel barber night


paper engineering behind the scenes isobel barber


paper cutting studio Isobel Barber


studio behind the scenes Isobel Barber


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Bridgeman Studio Artist of the Month!

I am so so so delighted to be this months Bridgeman Studio ARTIST OF THE MONTH! You can read my interview and have a browse here to come behind the scenes in the studio, hear about my creative process, who inspires me and lots more!


Isobel Barber papercut illustration bridgeman Studio


Isobel Barber studio 3d paper


Isobel Barber 3d paper house scene editorial


Isobel Barber 3d papercut kate spade


Isobel Barber paper workshop Bridgeman studio


Isobel barber food illustration 3d paper


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Paper-cutting workshop at Wilderness Festival

I am beyond thrilled to have been asked to do a paper-cutting workshop at the fabulous Wilderness festival in Oxfordshire this August in collaboration with the wonderful Bridgeman Studio. I decided on a paper-cut headdress theme for my workshop where visitors can come and create their own hand-cut floral headdress or garland – the perfect festival accessory! I will provide inspiration and tips for transforming card into an array of intricate and lush botanicals. If you would like to purchase tickets for my workshop, they are for sale here, it would GREAT to see you there! Take a peek at some snaps from last years mind-blowing Wilderness festival below.. I can’t wait to jump in that lake!


papercutting workshop


Isobel Barber

Isobel Barber


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Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend x