Monday, March 8, 2010

Papercuts by Joe

Boston's Joe Bagley is a modern age paper cutter. That said, don't think for a moment he prefers to use anything other than a traditional hand-held knife to make such fastidious cuts. In fact, he considers his very favorite tool, a vintage X-ACTO, to be practically irreplaceable.Joe graduated with an archeology degree just as the recession was kicking in... unable to find a job in his field, he has put all of his best efforts into building a paper cutting business. The art was something that had struck a chord with him while still a high school student. From all I've read via his website, blog, and Twitter (@PapercutsByJoe), the hard work is definitely beginning to pay off. His original paper cuts have been featured in gallery shows around the country. Upcoming shows are scheduled at San Antonio's High Wire Gallery, April 9-30, and in Boston at Acquire Boutique, June 15 through August 15. He also plans to do outdoor shows this summer.If you're interested in giving a unique gift, Joe would be pleased to work with you. One-of-a-kind paper cuts make perfect wedding and first anniversary (paper) presents, not to mention they'd be well received at any holiday or for a special occasion.He also offers hand-cut, custom paper silhouettes created from your digital photos - perhaps a picture of yourself, your children, pets, or home. Free digital designs are sent for your approval, and you'll have the finished piece within a week, hand-cut from a single piece of black paper and mounted on an acid-free, white mat board.

And how cool is this... if you're interested in giving paper cutting a try, Joe generously shares invaluable guides on his blog, to the paper, adhesive, and knives he most prefers when creating his own incredible works.

15 comments:

  1. oh my god!! this is unbelievable .. such great talent.. hats off!!

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  2. Gorgeous stuff! He must have one steady hand!

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  3. Very cool! Thank you for featuring this artist!

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  4. These paper cut-outs are amazing. What a gift!

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  5. Wow! This is wonderful! The cuttings look like paintings or photographs...thank's for pointing him out...I gotta go check out his blog!

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  6. I was a big fan of Joe Bagley's work when I used to do paper cutting. I didn't know he'd started a blog. Thanks for the post! I've been meaning to get back to it for a while.

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  7. Excellent feature!

    I've been a fan of Joe's work since I first saw it on Etsy. A short visit to his blog with pics and posts about works in progress and his techniques leave no doubt that this guy has some serious paper cutting talent.

    Joe is awesome!

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  8. Joe is an amazing artist and such a great person to work with. I commissioned him for an anniversary present for my hubby of the building we were married in. The result is a treasure!

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  9. Wow, his stuff is amazing. What talent. I'm off to check out his blog. Thanks so much for sharing this

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  10. Really great and so talented!!!

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  11. I am so happy that you introduce us to so many amazing artists that I might not hear of otherwise.

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  12. Great post! Joe's work blows my mind and I think he might be one of the nicest people I've had the pleasure to meet in the online artisan community!

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  13. He's quite a talent. I'll be sure to follow his work!

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  14. Oh Ann, I'm so glad you featured Joe! I'm a big fan and (newly) faithful reader of his blog. You're right - he's very generous with his talent.

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  15. Thanks for all your nice comments, everyone. Joe started featuring teeny tiny cuttings in the Etsy shop this week - only an inch square - they're just incredible!

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