Remember those paper snowflakes you used to make as a kid? Well, London based illustrator Poppy Chancellor is bringing her work to life using a similar technique and made it her career. That's right, the most famous papercut artist you probably never knew you knew is Poppy's Papercuts. Working with brands from Adidas to Cath Kidston and most recently, Tatty Devine where her combined love of women and empowerment helped create the sassy new jewellery collection named Girls Got Ideas.
Created in celebration of International Women's Month, the collaboration was inspired by a group of six women, taking references from interviews with each and turning it into wearable art. The perfect collaboration, each piece is recognisable to Poppy's Papercut style while still representing Tatty’s unmistakable bold acrylic statement jewellery. And yes, we want them all.
To celebrate the return of our Day in the Life of series, we caught up with the woman behind the scissors to see how she made Paper cutting her career and why patience isn't exactly her virtue! This is a day in the life of Poppy's Papercuts.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I make papercut illustrations from a single sheet of paper and collaborate with brands to make custom artworks.
How did you get into this business?
I studied Illustration at Kingston University and I wanted to try something a bit different. I decided to teach myself papercutting and have been obsessed ever since.
What's been your general career path?
I went from Art School on to The Royal Drawing School and had lots of space to experiment. I tried papercutting alongside my life drawing classes and started to hone my talent. I was then featured on a newsletter that got me 80 commissions in one day..
Wow! That autta do it! So tell us this, if you weren't doing this, what would you be doing?
I think I'd be teaching art. I get along with 8 year olds, we're mentally the same age. I dream about being a mad art teacher with feathers in my hair.
Do you have a life motto / mantra?
Stop fucking around. Chill out and focus.
Take us through a typical day. What time do you get up at?
I can't get up in the mornings so I wake up around half 9 and will be in the studio about an hour later. I spend most of my day sketching and cutting designs. In the evenings I lead workshops and get home late.
How do you keep yourself organised?
I'm an stationery addict so I've got lots of folders with stickers and colour coding. My receipts live in rainbows folders, immaculately dated and filed. I'm really messy on my desk but everything else is pretty neat. There has to some method to the madness.
Do you have an idol?
Eric Cantona and Mae West. They're both pretty badass and don't take no shit
How do you keep yourself going through a humpday?
I work 7 days a week so I might get a Monday off or a Friday off here and there. I'm trying to keep my Sundays free and get better with my spare time. I never know what day it is.
Biggest misconception about the job you do?
That I must be very patient. I'm actually really impatient and easily distracted.
How do you wind down?
I've just joined the Gospel House Choir, so singing and dancing is a great way to release. I'm a karaoke obsessive too, that's my guilty pleasure.
What's your favourite thing about what you do?
That I'm the boss and I can do what I want.
(Editors note - YES MAAM!)
Any advice for someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?
Find your niche and dominate it.
Girls Got Ideas collection is available to buy from Tattydevine.com, as well as in their stores at Convent Garden and Brick Lane. You can also get to know the girls behind the collection via the video below.