Q&A Louise Dewsnap


Louise Dewsnap

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a paper sculptor/paper cut artist, and also create graphics and illustrations. I primarily work with paper and card to make layered pieces which can sometimes be made up of hundreds of layers. All my work is hand cut which I think gives me more of an appreciation for the materials I use, and although it can be frustrating and time consuming it’s worth it to see the final product! I love working with white and cream, however recently I have introduced more colour into my work, which is mostly inspired by natural form, patterns, and shadows.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Delicate, unique, complex, intricate, depth.


Do you have any design heroes?

I love Jen Stark and Peter Callesen, they were the first paper artists I discovered whilst at university and I realised it was a medium which could be used to create really interesting work. Their styles couldn’t be more different from each other but I am equally inspired by both of them. I also love Junko Mori, Helen Musselwhite William Morris, Peter Chang, Andrea Joseph, Jon Burgerman, Brian Dettmer, Tara McPherson, Antoni Gaudi, Dale Chihuly and Tord Boontje.

Where is your studio?

I currently work from home in a corner of my living room where my other half has kindly built a bespoke desk for me! I may outgrow this eventually but it suits me fine at the moment.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Drawing, cutting, designing, photographing, layering, gluing, planning, researching, tea, internetting!

Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’m working on some drawings which are almost 2D versions of my paper work which I’m planning to turn into prints, and am experimenting with setting some small paper cuts in resin. I’d also like to experiment with making some really tiny pieces to see how far I can push myself with scale.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I exhibited at Serendipitea last year, one of our lovely local cafes.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

I will have some prints to sell and maybe some resin pieces if my experimenting goes well! I’ll also be selling framed original hand cut paper work.


What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I’ll be opening my studio at home this year! It’s a bit daunting but I’m excited!

If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?

Katherine Lees will be exhibiting alongside me, who makes beautiful ceramic vessels and jewellery.

Tell us something we don’t know:

I’m inspired by so many things – films, music, tattoos, even food! I think anything can inspire you to be creative and ideas can come from the strangest of places.


Thank you Louise!




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