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Artist Transforms Single Sheets of Paper Into Intricately Cut Designs

Delicate and exceptionally elaborate, Pippa Dyrlaga’s exquisite paper art is a cut above the rest.

The Yorkshire-based artist transforms simple sheets of plain paper into extraordinarily complex works of art using nothing but a pencil and a scalpel. Dyrlaga fell in love with the craft as an art student in 2010, after dabbling in the art of silhouette-making. Eventually, however, she turned her attention toward more intricate and complicated projects. Her astounding attention to detail (and undeniable patience) is apparent in each creation; from birds with wings as light as lace to fragile hand-lettering, her chosen subject matter showcases her skillful and steady hand.

To create each splendid piece, Dyrlaga first sketches a mirror-image of her desired design on a sheet of paper, paying particular attention to where she’ll strategically make each incision. She then uses an X-Acto knife to carefully cut along the contours of the drawing, and the finished work is eventually flipped over to reveal a clean and crisp cutout.

Dyrlaga certainly has her work cut out for her: depending on the level of detail and preemptive research involved, a work of art can take anywhere from four to 100 hours to complete. For the dedicated artist, however, “the process is just as important as the finished product”—proving that great art is truly a labor of love!

To see more of Dyrlaga's whimsical work, be sure to check out her website and her Etsy shop. She also creates greeting cards and other stationary, available on Bear Follows Cat.

Pippa Dyrlaga: Website | Facebook | Etsy | Instagram
via [Huffington Post]

All images via Pippa Dyrlaga.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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