Our August artist of the month is paper cutter Gaby Studer whose delicate and detailed works are inspired by forms in the natural world.
"An idea becomes a drawing, the drawing becomes an exact cutting template with the help of an ink pen, and when I am happy with it I start cutting."
Where do you make your work?
I work in my small studio in our house. I enjoy it, the garden, the animals, the peace and quiet, even if it’s not always very presentable.
How long have you been working with paper?
I have been working with paper nine years now. Drawing used to be my passion, but since I discovered paper cutting there is nothing else for me anymore ;-)
How would you describe your approach to paper art?
An idea becomes a drawing, the drawing becomes an exact cutting template with the help of an ink pen, and when I am happy with it I start cutting.
Where do you find inspiration?
Mainly in nature. I love to be out and about and to look at everything with a paper cut eye.
Describe your work to us in three words:
Nature realistic, filigree, atmospheric
What are your favorite papers to work with?
My 50 grams one-sided black one-sided white paper from a papercut friend, newer also various tissue papers.
What tool could you not live without?
My NT-400 Cutter, there is no better for me.
What is the best thing about working with paper as a medium?
I love the texture of paper, I love the infinite possibilities, and I love that I need so little—good light, cutter, silence, readily found almost everywhere.
Who are your favorite paper artists?
Oh, there are soooo many to admire—all of my fellow Paper Artist Collective artists, but most of all I love Ernst Oppliger, the great old master of Swiss paper cutting.
What are you working on at the moment?
I still making the final preparations for my solo exhibition in August, and then I will start to implement my idea for a project on the subject of "Roots".