Norman's first step in making a cut paper model is to hand-draw a template. He cuts the design from a single sheet of satin white 160 gr paper using a Swan Morton scalpel with a #11 blade, creases the folds, and applies 3M Scotch invisible glue with the aid of toothpicks.
Norman used a plastic ruler at first, but now relies on metal ones in different sizes and thicknesses. Bottles are a common theme and are often created to scale.
He created this paper skull in the style of paper cutter Kristine Braanen of Norway whose Instagram account was one of the first he followed.
Norman's first commissioned project
He credits Kristine with motivating him to improve his work and to create complex paper sculptures.
I love triangles and her style is amazing; it requires a lot of precision and work. A big thanks to her. I worked on the skull for a long time, and as always, I wasn't sure if my calculations would be correct.
Two months after completing the first paper diamond, the ante was upped when Norman positioned a dimensional heart inside a golden diamond as another commissioned piece.
He even created a birthday cake to celebrate his most recent birthday. Below it is the intricate template.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your interest in paper cutting.
I'm 24 and I started paper cutting about one year ago. In the beginning it was just small pieces like cubes, triangles and various shapes. The reason I started to cut paper was first because I wanted to create an original gift for a girl to impress her, secondly I had no money at that time... just a cardboard, some standard paper and a cutter. Since then I have never stopped as I have an easiness to turn 2D into 3D. My inspirations come from TV commercials, brands, advertising and movies.
How do you envision your future?
For the moment I'm doing paper cutting as a hobby, but I really want to turn it into full-time employment. I plan to open an Etsy shop where I will sell unique pieces created especially for it. My intention is to open the shop when I reach 1000 followers on Instagram. I would also like to make my own exhibition, as well as add tutorials and videos to my website.
Your shop is bound to open soon as you are in the 900s on IG at the moment! I think the way you engage followers is impressive - for example, this golden ring was offered as a giveaway to celebrate a year of paper cutting, not to mention you and Kristine recently launched The Paper Artist Collective where a new artist is featured weekly.