I asked Kristine to tell us about herself and learned she will soon complete a Master's degree in Philosophy; she studied Education as an undergrad.
She loves experimenting and creating with different papers, and most of all working with shapes, patterns and compositions. "I love finding the unintended beauty and balance in both my work and everyday things. Inspiration and beauty are everywhere if you look for them."
She does a lot of freehand cutting within a drawn outline, and says she often starts on a piece without knowing how it will turn out. "I never use computers or programs to make my designs as I love the order in seemingly randomness and the surprises I find in my creations as I go." Watch her remarkably steady hand in action here.
"Paper cutting is to me a form of meditation. It allows me to relax and create order and beauty. Paper is such a simple and easy material and still it has a million opportunities; it's the perfect, clean, simplistic and beautiful medium."
Kristine sells her work in some stores, but mostly focuses on commissions and exhibitions. Her favorite project so far was with photographer Cecilie Rundgren and model Yvonne Ravn.
"We had a whole summer day out in the woods, playing with paper art in nature, so much fun, creativity and so much beauty! You can find the results in the gallery on my website."
A commissioned project last year was for London-based jewelry designer Eshvi. Kristine designed and created a display for their exhibit at London Fashion Week.
The theme of the jewelry was space ships, thus she created a paper cube of geometric shapes as their atmosphere.
- Favorite paper: 270gr, textured paper
- Scalpel: I mostly use Paragon England, disposable scalpel. But I also very much like Swann Morton.
- Blade: 10A or 11
- Cutting mat: Peacock and Mapac
Lastly, a Kristine selfie titled "practicing cutting freehand circles".
Visit Kristine Braanen's website and find her on Instagram and Facebook.