Paper Caper // Charlotte Tsang

Lancashire, UK

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Charlotte Tsang studied at the University of Huddersfield, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Communication Design – Illustration. Whilst her experience as a freelance illustrator has involved a variety of different media, she is especially passionate about the art and process of papercraft. All of her papercraft works are cut entirely by hand as the aesthetics of this approach offer exhilarating alternatives to those of conventional illustration; the manual process brings an aspect of risk, tactility, direct engagement with materials and catharsis. Charlotte’s work plays on dimensionality and depth perception, ‘taking away’ rather than ‘adding to’ materials, enabling the cutting away of negative spaces and freeing illustrations of the constricting 2-dimensionality of the traditional ‘page’. Her paper cuts resemble 2D drawing, yet have a 3D physicality and, for Charlotte, this use of paper (a utilitarian material) provides a distinctive quality that brings together conflicting senses of permanence and disposability.

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