Inspiration: The Art of Paper Cutting

Papercutting is the art of cutting paper designs. The art has evolved uniquely all over the world to adopt to different cultural styles.

The oldest surviving paper cut out is a symmetrical circle from the 6th century found in Xinjiang China. By the eighth or ninth century papercutting appeared in West Asia and in Turkey in the 16th century. Within a century, papercutting was being done in most of middle Europe.

Below I’ll feature some of the most amazing paper cutting you have ever seen. Remember, there is no templates when these are being created and that makes it that much more amazing. Click on the images to go the artists website.

Peter Callesen

Su Blackwell

Diana Bryan

Andrea Dezso

Chen Hang Feng

Lisa Huber

Andreas Kocks

Bovey Lee


The art form of paper cutting is as diverse as any other art form on the planet as you have seen by these examples. Let us know what you think about this in the comments. Also, if you know of any other awesome paper cutters out there, throw a link up for them. Looking forward to seeing what comes out of this.

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