Meet The Maker – Yasemin Wigglesworth

Yasemin Wigglesworth - Papercut Artist

Yasemin Wigglesworth - Papercut Artist (check out the image in the background!)

Yasemin came across paper cutting a few years ago and has been fascinated by it ever since. 

Customer's commissioned papercut

'here is the root of the root' papercut

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. 

Blue Tree papercut

Blue Tree papercut

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. 

Meadow - Yasemin's image used for Heart Gallery's Summer Exhibition ART AT HEART

Meadow - Yasemin's image used for Heart Gallery's Summer Exhibition ART AT HEART

Heart Gallery ART AT HEART Invitation

Heart Gallery ART AT HEART Invitation using Yasemin's Meadow image

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.

Proud Peacock papercut

Proud Peacock papercut

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. 

Positive Tree papercut

Positive Tree papercut

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.

Wedding Anniversary commissioned papercut

Wedding Anniversary commissioned papercut

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.

Peacock papercut

Peacock papercut

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.

Birds in a Tree papercut

Birds in a Tree papercut

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