Taking inspiration from symbolism, silhouette, and symmetry, New Mills, United Kingdom-based artist Elin Price creates gorgeous paper cutting pieces with intricate and precise cuts, using just a scalpel.
I love the versatility of the material and the transformative nature of the craft – using an everyday material and making it into something beautiful and valued. In its restrictive nature, the sharp monochrome forms of paper art channel me to find inspiration in symbolism, silhouette and symmetry. These sharp forms mark the divide between paper and no paper, positive and negative space, light and dark. I need to think about how I create my shapes and designs and how the paper will stay in one piece. I grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and now live on the edge of the Peak District. I have spent my life immersed in nature and I am always seeking more knowledge of the world around me. This forms a large part of the inspiration for my work. I am inspired by the wider context of the nature around us, its history and the stories we have formed through our relationship with it. I often explore the themes of traditional folk stories, historic art styles from different times and places and vernacular art and motifs.Elin Price