Artist Slices Single Sheets of Paper To Reveal Fabulous Flora and Fauna

Paper Cut-Outs by Pippa Dyrlaga

Paper is an incredibly delicate medium, but British artist Pippa Dyrlaga isn’t fazed by potential rips and tears. She uses a precision knife (and plenty of patience) to carefully hand-cut intricate, nature-inspired designs from single sheets of paper.

Dyrlaga grew up in Yorkshire, England, where she lived on a canal boat for most of her childhood. Living in a rural setting and surrounded by British wildlife, these early experiences have helped influence the work she creates today. Many of Dyrlaga’s paper cut-outs capture the diverse beauty of flora and fauna. In one piece inspired by orange poppies, Dyrlaga cut out countless thin paper strips to represent delicate leaf veins and petal ridges. In another work, she created an incredibly detailed goldfish, complete with intricate scales.

Dyrlaga has been practicing the art of paper cutting for over 10 years, and her experience shows. Each piece features countless details made by cutting out tiny sections of paper, one by one. But before she begins the meticulous cutting process, Dyrlaga first draws out a loose outline on the paper. She then uses her knife and works in sections, slowly bringing the piece to life.

Each piece takes several hours to complete, but Dyrlaga values her process just as much as her final pieces. “The simplicity of a blank sheet of paper appeals to me,” she says. “Paper is used in so many aspects of our lives and used to communicate with each other, and I want to do this through my work.” The artist adds, “There is nothing as ordinary as a blank sheet of paper, but it has so many possibilities and can be turned into something beautiful or meaningful, without adding anything to it.”

Check out some of Dyrlaga’s latest paper illustrations below and find more from her portfolio on Instagram.

British artist Pippa Dyrlaga creates nature-inspired paper cut-outs that feature tons of intricate details.

Paper Cut-Outs by Pippa Dyrlaga

She uses a precision knife to carefully hand-cut countless sections, one by one.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Pippa Dyrlaga.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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