Nice Slice: 30+ Sculptures & Illustrations Created with Cut Paper

Hand most people some paper and an X-acto knife and ask them to
make art, and at best, they’ll produce some cartoonish shapes
spattered with blood. But these twelve artists are producing
some of the world’s most impressive papercut art, whether by
laboring over astonishingly intricate tapestries for months at
a time or making use of clever minimalism for a surprisingly
big impact.

Sea Creatures by Kiri Ken

Sea creatures and other natural subjects become the slightest
wisps of paper in these extraordinarily delicate and detailed
paper cuts by artist Kiri Ken, who shares her
work on Twitter. The creatures often become something slightly
unnatural in the textures and lines Kiri applies to their
various parts, sprouting mechanical objects or patterns that
look computerized.

Nature Scenes by Pippa Dyrlaga

Each teeny-tiny feather on a kingfisher’s wing, each scale on
the body of a goldfish, is cut out with seemingly endless
patience and unfailing accuracy in works by Yorkshire-based
artist and printmaker Pippa Dyrlaga.

Anatomy by Ali Harrison

Ali Harrison’s
versions of human organs are quite a bit prettier than the real
thing, each one given surprising depth and heft despite being
cut out of ordinary sheets of paper. The artist designs each
one and then laser-cuts them so they can be reproduced. She
sells them in her Light and Paper shop.

Endangered Species Cut-Outs by Patrick Cabral

Wolves, elephants, pangolins, tigers, pandas and more are
rendered starkly in black and white cut paper against a black
surface, each layer of their lace-like faces and bodies cut by
hand. Manila-based artist Patrick Cabral
donated half the proceeds from the sales of each of these
endangered species to WWF Philippines.

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