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Paper Cutting Book: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft Paperback – May 11, 2011
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About the Author
Natalie Avella is an art and design writer and author of numerous books who lives in London.
Laura Heyenga is an editor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Top Customer Reviews
So why four stars?
My list of criticisms, preferences & observations:
Every photo is of a finished piece. I crave process shots beyond the two small photos of two separate pieces in the introduction.
The materials list for each piece is pitiful. Some examples: paper and acrylic paint; paper and emulsion; black paper. Uhm, what kind of paper? What weight? What type of acrylic?
Few pieces show scale. No measurements are provided. Some have reference in relationship to walls and books. The very last page with Hina Aoyama's delicate cutting held in a palm accentuates the importance of scale to the viewer.
I would have liked specific history on a few pieces: the amount of time a selected work took, how it was born, the difficulty. Fortunately at the beginning of each gallery we are provided a paragraph of insight into the artist's overall motivations.
Each artist's work covers 4-8 pages. On many pages a photo fills just 55% of the page with small type at the bottom of the page. (The type gives the title, year and/or material used.) Those small photos obscure the art. A larger easier-to-read font should have been used. I'd have paid more for a better layout.
Nearly all the featured artists are art/design graduates.Read more ›
For my money, I would have preferred either 1) complete, well-written bios/introductions to each artist featured, especially focusing on how they've contributed to contemporary paper cut artwork as a genre in some unique/interesting way OR 2) skip the intros entirely and provide us with just the basics: images, title, materials, and date. Anybody who's reading this book probably has enough experience with fine arts/design to suss out the subtleties of each artist's style for themselves.
All in all? 5 star work, 2 star writing. Worth the price as a fun reference book, but don't go into it looking for special insights about the works featured. (To be fair, we probably should have picked up on that from the cookie analogy on the first page... Really guys?)
The pieces are well-photographed.
There is a nice wide variety of types of paper art represented.
This is not a how-to book. There are no instructions. There is very little in the way of information on technique or materials. There is only a short paragraph about each artist.
If you want a how-to book, this is not the book you are looking for. If you want to spend hours looking at lovely pictures of beautiful paper art, this is a good book. Sometimes it's hard to justify the purchase of a book of photos of art without technique since surely all of those photos are available for free online. But I find it nice to have this book to pick up and flip through when I am in need of inspiration.
I am not so much a traditional paper cutting artist but instead I use a combination of digital techniques for my creations. So the lack of instructions doesn't bother me here. The end products are similar enough that I am able to draw many hours of inspiration from the pages of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No patterns. Just artists work and bios. Not what I was looking for at all and not what was represented in the description for product. Very disappointed.Published 6 months ago by Glenda Blankenship
Gorgeous and inspiring, this book covers a range of paper cutting styles. It has a captivating introduction and photographs that allow you to appreciate both the detail and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by janie xpotato
Misleading. But the artists and their works were amazing but I thought the words used like emotions were a bit over the top. Worth a look at.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book gives a great insight into the possibilities of the artistic medium of paper- Maybe, like me, you are not brilliant with pencils and paints, this book shows other uses... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by D M Oliver
best book ever on paper cutting, really loved it, got lots of really great ideas. definitely a buy!! Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Jonah Stein