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The paper cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen and my own attempt

A quite accidental, but wholly wonderful thing has happened as a result of this blog post. I cleared out my craft supply colossus (my chest of drawers full of complete randomness) and stumbled upon my X-Acto knife (I had no idea this was what it was called until about 5 seconds ago) and decided to try my hand at some paper cutting.

Danni recently wrote about Chinese paper cutting which you can read about here.

I will share with you the results of my attempt at paper cutting, but first and most importantly a discovery: Hans Christian Andersen was a well-known for paper cutting. I did not know this.

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Darned right it’s amazing!

As much as I do not need any more books, the temptation to buy this one is quite significant. Here are just a few examples of his work out of the huge amount I found while searching for more information:

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Image sourced from I Heart Picturebooks

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Image sourced from Meridian.org

A lot of his paper cuts were used as original illustrations in Hans Christian Andersen’s stories. I find them all absolutely magical. Being a rather massive fan of puppetry – particularly shadow puppetry – his work in paper cutting reminds me of amazing puppetry I’ve seen. I even attended a shadow puppetry animation course at the Barbican a couple of years ago; it was amazing what some people produced, but the simplicity along with the intricacies is something that really excites me.

So, I did have a go at doing some paper carving myself. I decided to make a night light using a jam jar (being big jam and chutney fans in this house, we have many) and a off cut of some black paper from a sketch book. I grabbed my trusty X-Acto knife, a thick piece of card and a sketching pencil, and began to draw the scene.

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Charlie

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About thisischarlie

I'm Charlie Parker. Whilst I don't play sax I do play the ukulele. I'm a digital marketing professional living and working in Vancouver, Canada. I am prone to wanderlust, I ❤️ children's books and am a dedicated knitter.

2 comments on “The paper cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen and my own attempt

  1. Haruko-chan
    14/06/2013

    I had no idea Hans Christian Andersen also did paper cuttings.

  2. cjpinlondon
    08/07/2013

    @Haruko-chan thank you for your comment! I know, I didn’t have a clue either – love his children’s stories though and was even more of a fan when I realised he was a papercutter as well.

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