Paper Cutouts


I wanted to experiment with different symmetries: five fold, seven fold, nine fold etc. With the paper cutouts I initially began again with ink on paper. I was using a compass to transfer points around the axis of a circle, dividing the 360 degrees equally in order to achieve different symmetries. I was getting some interesting results but found the process somewhat arduous and fraught with human error. Living in Taiwan at the time, I was intrigued by the wonderfully intricate paper cutouts that one sees everywhere during festival times. I also happened to be teaching young children and occasionally did arts and crafts with them. One day we were making ‘snowflakes’, by folding paper in equal parts and cutting them with scissors. It occurred to me that this was a much simpler way of doing what I was trying to do. Thus, I experimented with folding the paper 8, 10, 14, 18 and 20 times, depending on the symmetry I hoped to achieve, drawing with marker onto the folded paper and then carefully cutting around the marker through the many layers of paper with a mat knife. The Paper Cutouts are based on the patterns which emerged.