Yorkshire-based paper artist Pippa Dyrlaga cuts paper with a delicate hand and an endless imagination. Drawing inspiration from the world of flora, fauna, Greek mythology, and more, the artist creates surreal miniature worlds by turning a flat piece of paper into something incredible. Dyrlaga’s single-sheet papercut works have garnered attention and admiration across the world, with exhibitions in major art locations such as New York, Tokyo, and Los Angeles, as well as various commercial commissions.
I feel the weight of the history of paper, and the responsibility of one of the most common materials…
Originally drawn to working with paper because of its affordability, the creative has stuck with the medium for the love of the craft – as well as its unique versability to be used in graphic design, print, and more. Dyrlaga’s work is extremely delicate, detailed, and fragile, which comes when working with Japanese washi paper. “I feel the weight of the history of paper, and the responsibility of one of the most common materials between us has, no matter who we are. It is important to every culture in different forms. And it is accessible to everyone too, from printer paper to the nicest Japanese handmade papers. Each paper has its own qualities that make it good for different tasks”, Pippa says in her interview with Arctic Paper.
In recent years, the artist has been experimenting more with mixed media and color, as she sometimes combines painting and sewing with her papercutting. The beautiful shades of blues, greens, golds, and blacks repeat in the intricate miniature landscapes, animals frozen in time, and more abstract pieces – which all have in common the absurd fragility and fortitude they possess in balance.
Below you can see some of our favorite papercuts by the artist, but make sure to follow Dyrlaga on Instagram for more of her intricate creations, and see which are available for purchase in her shop.