Last night I held my first ever Papercutting Workshop at The Make Lounge in Barnsbury Street, Islington. I have to admit I was pretty nervous about it - having never done anything like that before. But as soon as I started talking about papercutting, all the anxiety went away and everyone just got down to work. There were 10 ladies altogether - some came with a few ideas and some came with no idea what to expect and no idea where to start.
I had produced a few templates for them to work from as well. A blank piece of paper is a scary thing to be confronted with especially when you don't really know how to approach the drawing as a papercutting. It was interesting for me as a teacher to see what problems were thrown up to the beginners. Actually they were the very same problems that I had struggled with myself as a beginner, but had forgotten.
Anyway, after 3 hours or so, they all managed to produce at least one 15cm sq papercutting - and some of them produced more. The photos are below - I think you'll see that some of the results are really fantastic for beginners! I hope they all enjoyed themselves.