Trevor Sorbie commission for The Covent Gardener magazine

I recently completed a commission for the Autumn Issue of the lovely The Covent Gardener magazine. The brief was to illustrate an article on how the inspiring Trevor Sorbie MBE is using his scissor skills to help people in their fight against cancer. I was delighted to be able to contribute to such an inspirational and moving article. We decided on an appropriate wig theme, which meant that I got to snip away, merry in the irony that I’m a ‘Barber’, cutting hair… of the paper variety! Ironic or WHAT! I absolutely loved this brief and I’m so excited to share the finished illustration with you below! Scroll down to find the first draft and some ‘in the making’ snaps from the studio too. You’ll see from my sketchbook that in the initial design, the heads are stood on striped red and white boxes. These were dropped as the design developed as I felt they detracted from the detail of the mannequin heads and props. I still wanted to incorporate the iconic ‘hairdresser red’, so I added this in as a bold and eye catching backdrop instead. Another crazy exciting thing I should mention about this issue of The Covent Gardener is that the cover was illustrated by THE Sir Quentin Blake!… and what a striking and vibrant treat it is! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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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!

 

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Isobel x

Custom papercut portraits

I wanted to share this custom papercut family portrait I snipped up with you, as it comes with the sweetest story! I was mid-way through this portrait when I was asked whether it was too late to add a baby in… as the couple had just found out they were expecting! A slight left arm adjustment and a little sleeping bundle later, here’s the finished product! My custom papercut portraits are available here from notonthehighstreet! (Pets welcome too!)

 

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Isobel x

National Puppy Day & my Papercut Pet Portraits!

I’ve not the foggiest where all these National Days come from… But I was definitely going to jump onboard with this one!… Yesterday was National Puppy Day! So, I wanted to share with you some of the personalised pooch portraits I’ve snipped up recently. These are available from notonthehighstreet and are one of my absolute favourite commissions! When an order for one of these comes through, I simply contact the customer for a couple of detailed photographs of their pup and away I go! (Slightly bias) but I think these make just the sweetest, most thoughtful personalised gift for anyone with a pampered pet! I can also add pet names or their favourite toy into the picture for that extra personalised touch. If you’d like a custom portrait of your pet, you can order one here. (I have also done ponies and cats, so don’t be shy to hit me with anything outside the box!)

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Have a great day x

Kate Spade x Magnolia Bakery 3D Papercut Patisserie

I’m super excited to share this personal project with you all! Kate Spade and Magnolia Bakery have collaborated to create a limited-edition collection of totes, bags, and clutches inspired by the iconic Manhattan cake shop. KS handbags and cupcakes… This was only ever going to be a recipe for amazingness! I’ve been meaning to add some more three-dimensional work to my portfolio… so here it is! I’ve called the little paper patisserie ‘Cake Spade’ (get it?!) Can you spot the scrummy cross-body cupcake bag in the window?!

 

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! x

Christmas Papercut Wreath Workshop!

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Ever since the success and pleasure of the Wilderness Festival Papercut Headdress workshop I ran this summer, I’ve been positively itching to organise another one! With the build up to the festive season upon us, I decided a Christmasy themed workshop would be just the ticket!

Come along and join me for a fabulously festive morning on Tuesday 1st December at the lovely Deans Court cafe ‘The Squash Court’. You will receive a pack of high quality materials to enable you to construct your very own beautiful hand-crafted paper Christmas wreath. Alongside all the materials, I’ll be providing the assistance required to enable you to snip up little decorative accents for your work of art… robins, berry branches, oranges or whatever takes your festive fancy! As you work, your imagination will be fed by delicious homemade mince pies, loose leaf teas and Italian coffee. Tickets are available here!

Really hope to see you there!

Isobel x

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Not on the highstreet!

I am so beyond excited to share with you all that I am now selling with the wonderful notonthehighstreet! You’ll find a range of my papercut prints aswell as cards for every occasion and original custom papercut pieces like the ones below! The custom papercut couple portraits are my absolute favourites at the moment… I just love snipping up something so personal and trying to capture all the little details! Surprise your love this Christmas with the perfect personalised gift!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend x