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Paper Cut, The Exhibition at The Proud Archivist

Press Release 16/07/14

Paper Cut, The Exhibition

at The Proud Archivist

Aug 28th – Sept 25th 2014

Spectacular new works by 25 of the world’s most critically acclaimed paper craft illustrators are to be showcased in Paper Cut, an extraordinary new exhibition presented by notable paper craft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve at The Proud Archivist Gallery, Regents Canal, Haggerston, Aug 28th – Sept 25th 2014.

The 50+ piece show includes original artworks, paper sculpture and prints. Paper Cut offers a tantalizing exploration of this burgeoning and other worldly field of illustration.

Highlights include hand-cut artworks by popular UK artist Rob Ryan, a set of stunning original pieces from Russian-born artist Yulia Brodskaya, awe inspiring large-scale creations by LA-based artist Jeff Nishinaka, hand-crafted props from Andersen M Studio's double Cannes Lion Award winning animation Going West, and a selection of Kirigami artworks from Marc Hagan-Guirey's critically-acclaimed Horrorgami series.

With an accompanying programme of talks and workshops, the exhibition will also allow visitors to meet the artists in person, as well as giving a unique insight into the their working practice.


The talks will cover issues such as the recent resurgence of craft-based practices and the importance of human interaction in art and design, demonstrating that paper craft illustration is more than a commercially fuelled faddism and has earned a rightful place in contemporary art galleries:

Thursday 4th September

Featuring Kyle Bean, Elise, Helen Friel, Marc Hagan-Guirey, Chrissie Macdonald, Hattie Newman, Ciara Phelan and Shotopop.

For one night only Paper Cut's Owen Gildersleeve and The Proud Archivist bring together 8 of the world’s leading Papercraft illustrators for a night of insight, talks, questions and answers. Explore the artist’s world, work and inspirations in a fully interactive artist/audience event.

The Proud Archivist, £5 entry, 7pm - 9pm
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Tuesday 9th September

Featuring Rob Ryan and Owen Gildersleeve

For the second of the Paper Cut: The Artists Talk nights we are incredibly excited to have "the king of paper cutting" Rob Ryan giving a guest talk in The Proud Archivist gallery. He will be accompanied by Paper Cut author Owen Gildersleeve, who will be talking through his work and inspirations for the book.

The Proud Archivist, £5 entry, 7pm - 9pm
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Tuesday 16th September

Featuring Andersen M Studio and Mandy Smith

For the third and final of the Paper Cut: The Artists Talk nights we are extremely excited to have both double Cannes Award Winning studio Andersen M Studio and the incredibly talented Dutch papercraft artist Many Smith giving talks in The Proud Archivist gallery. The night will focus around both of the artist's moving image work, talking through their development and planning as well as showing many of their award winning animations.

The Proud Archivist, £5 entry, 7pm - 9pm
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The Sunday Brunch Workshops held by the featured artists throughout the show will offer visitors a chance to get their hands on some scissors and let loose on paper and card under the careful supervision of experienced professional artists. Designed with families and all age groups in mind, and with special Sunday brunch pancakes on the menu untill 3pm. All Sunday Brunch Workshops are FREE, drop in events that will run from 10-4pm with materials provided.

Sunday 31st August Mask Making with Ciara Phelanbook your place here

Sunday 7th September  Paper Cut Summer Fete with Helen Frielbook your place here

Sunday 14th September Interactive paper craft workshop with Chrissie Macdonald  - book your place here

Sunday 21st September  Interactive paper craft workshop with Owen Gildersleevebook your place here


Saturday 30th August

Boogie on down with the Paper Cut Crew in The Proud Archivist Gallery, surrounded by incredible papercraft artistry with specially crafted, for one night only – Papersharp cocktails. Featuring special guest DJ’s Kiwi Kuuva, Miami and Disco Beats.

 The Proud Archivist , 7pm- 10:30pm, Free entry.
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Many thanks to our sponsors: Rockport Publishing, MP Arts, Fedrigoni and Ripe Digital for supporting Paper Cut.  

The book Paper Cut: An Exploration into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration by Owen Gildersleeve is out now.



No unauthorised use of images.

Listings information

Exhibition:        Paper Cut - The Exhibition

Dates:              28th Aug – 25th Sept 2014

Venue:             The Proud Archivist, 2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET

Price:               FREE

Telephone:       0207 749 6850

Editor’s Notes

Paper Cut by Owen Gildersleeve

More and more the design world is turning away from digitization and once again embracing the imperfections of handmade, craft-based practices. Written and collated by noted papercraft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve, Paper Cut offers a unique perspective into this burgeoning field of contemporary illustration.

Featuring astonishing works from twenty-five of the world’s top papercraft illustrators, this collection also contains in-depth interviews and rarely seen behind-the-scenes photography, which reveals the artists’ motivations and working techniques.

The Proud Archivist

Situated on Regent’s Canal near Haggerston Overground Station, The Proud Archivist is a spatial and sensory experience of two galleries, a bar, restaurant, café and events space in east London’s premier cultural hub.

The Proud Archivist specialises in a rounded programme of fringe arts and culture, alongside its food, music and unique ambience.


For further information / Use of pictures / Interviews

The Proud Archivist:    +44(0)20 7749 6850

Rob Manley:      



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