Yasemin came across paper cutting a few years ago and has been fascinated by it ever since.
As a self-taught papercut artist, her work continues to develop in new and unexpected ways which Yasemin finds exciting. Finishing a complete papercut piece is hugely satisfying and therapeutic.
People always say, ‘You must be a very patient and precise person’. Yasemin’s family would laugh at that; she is definitely very particular about her work and aesthetics but quite chaotic and disorderly in almost everything else. Having grown up with an artistic mother and grandfather, art has always played a big part in Yasemin’s life and she has always taken courses in her spare time.
Yasemin’s family home is full of interesting and beautiful art, antiques and pretty things that her parents have collected from around the world. Her biggest influences are nature, The Arts & Crafts movement, East Asian woodblock prints and tapestries, and having grown up in Istanbul, Iznic ceramic designs.
Yasemin sketches designs in pencil first and experiments with rough cuts until she achieves a balanced piece. Yasemin tends to use wallpaper for her final cuts as the pattern adds an element of surprise. Each piece is cut by hand using a surgeon’s scalpel on the reverse of the wallpaper. She roughly sketches the design so she has a guide but never sticks to the pencil lines as she finds it too restricting.
Some of Yasemin’s pieces are influenced by poems and a few lines are included. Words are cut freehand on the front of the wallpaper with no pencil outline as it marks the wallpaper. Each papercut is entire and cut from one sheet of paper.
Yasemin’s aim is to produce affordable, original, unpretentious framed pieces for people’s homes. Have you got a favourite roll of wallpaper you would like Yasemin to use to create a bespoke papercut just for you? Call in to Heart Gallery to discuss your requirements.
Yasemin is looking forward to dedicating more of her time to creating and papercutting once her two young sons are both at school from September and Heart Gallery is also looking forward to seeing more of Yasemin’s amazing creations.