On Sunday we filmed our Chinese friend Ding Ding as she prepared templates for our upcoming Chinese papercutting workshop (Sunday 22nd February, 11am-1pm at ROUGE). Leon will make a total of four instruction videos from the footage and we will upload them onto our vimeo and youtube channels as soon as he has finished editing. If you want to know when they are up, please join our mailing list at the bottom of this page.
Chinese New Year papercuttings like the above 'Double Happiness' are traditionally made from red paper (the colour red is associated with good luck in Chinese culture) and people stick them into their windows for the light to shine through.
Our upcoming papercutting workshop at ROUGE is as much about creating beautiful papercut designs, as it is about arranging them artistically on layers of patterned or plain paper to make unique pieces of artwork, fit for framing and hanging up on a wall. We will be using high quality Japanese paper and mix it with more basic origami paper from Muji.
The interaction between the pattern of a paper with the papercut design can add artistic expression, so there is lots of room to get creative with the choice of material!
All in all we will offer four different papercut templates for you to choose from, and if you feel confident in drawing, you are most welcome to make your own. The material is included in the workshop fee, and for a glimpse of the atmosphere, take a look at one of our previous posts about the origami workshops.
Places for our papercutting workshop are limited, to secure your place for our workshop, please register through this link on Eventbrite
We won't give away all we have in store for you, but here are some 'behind the scenes' images of Ding making a quartet of the Ram papercut. Enjoy!