Hand Cut Paper Sculptures by Clare Pentlow

I enjoy looking at art that involves a great deal of repetition. You know, the kind of work that brings forth a reaction of "How on earth does he/she do that?" which certainly describes these hand cut paper sculptures by Clare Pentlow. I want to study the mesmerizing designs and - to be completely honest - reach out and feel the thousands of tiny bristles scratch against my fingers.

Handcut Blue and Green Paper Art by Clare Pentlow

Clare gained experience with textiles while studying at Swansea Metropolitan University in Wales. Work on a book project led to her interest in folding and cutting techniques.

Mimas by Clare Pentlow - flat detail before folding
Mimas, flat detail before folding

I can only imagine how satisfying the moment is when it's time to fluff up the cuts!

Mimas by Clare Pentlow 10x10inches
Mimas, 10 x 10 inches

Stacked, colored layers impart a sense of depth.

Handcut Paper Art by Clare Pentlow

Most of Clare's recent geometric pieces feature circular designs, but here she created a linear composition in soft colors that has me thinking of woolly caterpillars or some kind of housekeeping brush that would actually be fun to use.

Cassini by Clare Pentlow 6x6 inches
Cassini, 6 x 6 inches

It varies greatly from the dramatic mandala below.

Nebula by Clare Pentlow 12x12 inches
Nebula, 12 x 1 2 inches

Clare says she especially enjoys "the process of turning such an ordinary, everyday material into something extraordinary."

Frequency 1 by Clare Pentlow 6x6 inches
 Frequency 1, 6 x 6 inches

Frequency 1 by Clare Pentlow
Frequency 1, 6 x 6 inches

Note the overall measurements of these pieces... they are much smaller than I realized at first, which makes the fine cuts even more impressive.

Fusion Handcut by Clare Pentlow 12x12 inches
Fusion, 12 x 12 inches

Visit Clare's website, CJP Designs, to see more of her work. She is on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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  1. These are truly amazing. I also imagined them to be large pieces.

  2. "extraordinary" is exactly the right word to describe her work..thanks (again) for sharing

  3. It`s amazing how the sculpture, Frequency 1, changes depending on which direction you view it. I found that the blue and white one seemed to be rotating as I scrolled past. Fascinating! and a form of "paper work" I had not encountered before.

  4. Beautiful and amazing!!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  5. So glad you all enjoyed seeing Clare's work! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  6. I just love the ones that are white, then the texture really becomes the hero of the piece! Not that I don't just LOVE the others too! hehehe


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