Inspirations: Beyond Paper Snowflakes, Amazing Cut Paper Art

by Scott on December 17, 2010 · 12 comments

in Inspiration

Paper cutting can produce intricate art by the most minimalist of means.  Cutting snowflakes from folded sheets of paper is a holiday tradition–it’s easy to do and kids are amazed by the intricate and unpredictable patterns that emerge. But paper cutting is also a serious art form with a long history. One of the best practitioners today is Melbourne artist and designer Emma van Leest.

To launch our renewed Inspirations series, here’s a sampling of van Leest’s amazing (and evocatively titled) paper creations. Look close and you’ll even find some snowflakes in these cut-out landscapes!

To see more just click on any of the images to visit the artist’s website.

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Simple game

"Simple game"

St. George

"St. George"

The visitants

"The visitants" by Emma van Leest

The act of doing something slowly

"Act of doing something slowly" by Emma van Leest


"Disunify" by Emma van Leest


"Perpetua" by Emma van Leest

A gradual passing

"A gradual passing" by Emma van Leest

To dream in waking life

"To dream in waking life" by Emma van Leest

December saints

"December saints" by Emma van Leest

Through which falls

"Through which falls" by Emma van Leest

As to a nest IV

"As to a nest IV" by Emma van Leest

Village murmurs

"Monstera" by Emma van Leest

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendy from Wendys Hat December 19, 2010 at 7:10 am

WOW!!!! This is incredible! I’ve been making paper snowflakes today and just did my little fun post about it but this is absolutely amazing!!

Carol @ Swallowcliffs December 20, 2010 at 1:13 am

How beautiful are these? Beyond words! What an intricut thing… you have the patience of the mountains!

raf January 15, 2011 at 5:53 am


It’s wonderful. I like it very much.

Tatil September 2, 2011 at 2:56 am

its wonderfull very muchhh thankssss

Seo September 2, 2011 at 3:16 am

What an intricut thing… you have the patience of the mountains!

perfect steps October 1, 2011 at 2:46 am

mert senin aq :P

pembe maske October 1, 2011 at 2:49 am

elimden alacamış götveren

sue williams October 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

Congratulations on such beautifully made paper-cut art. I admire your patience! Regards, Sue in South Africa

Anderson March 16, 2014 at 2:05 am

How beautiful Anwar! It alsmot looks like it could be used as a US postage stamp. I’m glad you are enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms. I haven’t seen them in full bloom yet but one of these days either in DC or preferably Japan. Great to know about the metaphor in life.

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