Miss Papercut

Miss Papercut: Stephanie Hosmer

As part of our media sponsorship of Heal’s Modern Craft Market (until Feb 13th), allow us to introduce you to some very nice and talented people…

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What do you specialise in making?

I specialise in papercutting and papercut style illustration.

What part of the making process do you most enjoy: the arrival of an idea or the crafting of the finished piece?

I enjoy the whole process of course, but the part I most enjoy is when I am cutting the piece. To see the design slowly come to life and emerge from the paper is very satisfying. Every design is drawn on the back of the paper so is a backwards design. When I finish cutting and turn the paper over I see the ‘true’ design, that's always a magic moment.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

I’m not sure if it’s the very first thing, but I made a christening papercut for my god-daughter Amelia. I wanted to give her something really special and personal that I had made (I also made her christening cake!)

Does your craft shape the way you consume products?

In a way I think it does. Not specifically my craft, but craft and design in general. I like to buy products that have been locally sourced, support independent shops and restaurants. I love things made from solid wood and all of my furniture is secondhand. I like things with a past and a new life.

Where are you happiest outside of your workshop?

Walking through countryside or on a boat in Devon. It helps me to clear my head, and inspires me for new designs. Nature is just so amazing. I’d love to have a dog someday, their attitude to life and love is so inspiring.

A hole-and-corner is a secret place hidden away 

from the hustle and bustle of daily life: Where is your own 

hole-and-corner?

Mine is on my mezzanine studio at home. Up there I could be anywhere. It’s my own little hidey-hole where I can craft, read, relax, rock out to music, meditate… anything!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Stop trying to be like someone else, they’re taken. Be you, you’re the only one there is.

Miss Papercut

Heal's Modern Craft Market

Photographs: Jon Cardwell