In this article, we look at the equipment you need to get started in the incredible world of Papercutting. We look at what you can expect in a typical papercutting kit and compare the differences between a craft knife and a surgical scalpel when it comes to choosing the right tool for your cutting work.
Articles & Projects
Scott Millican recently contacted Swann-Morton about supporting the Capital Area Modellers Society 28th Annual Spring Classic scale model show to be held on the 28th May in New Brunswick, Canada. The show is the largest and longest running model event east of Montreal and features some of the finest models from Eastern Canada, Quebec and Maine. There will be something for everyone no matter if your tastes are military, ships, aircraft, cars or even science fiction.
Detail Scale View review of Swann-Morton Retractaway Premium Blue by Mullin Viktor.
I've always used Swann-Morton products and it was an honour to learn I'd been sponsored by such a prestigious company for my final major project of my degree. I have now completed my degree, I graduated in 2013 with a First Class Honours Degree in Textiles and Surface Design. Since then I have completed a PGCE (PCET) qualification and am in the process of setting up my own accessories business, The Cool Line.
I first started working with Swann-Morton blades in my studies to become a histological analyst. After my graduation in 2004, I started working on the department of Pathology, handling the Swann-Morton no. 22 knives on a daily basis. In 2008 I made a big change and entered an art-school course to become an Illustrator. Not having any background in arts I was really surprised I got in. Two years in I found my passion for paper and cardboard as a material to explore the boundaries of Illustration.
Jimmy Brunt is an artist specialising in incredibly detailed papercuts. His work is the result of the painstaking hand cutting of delicate papers. These intricate works are either sold in the original handcut form or developed as limited edition laser cuts, utilising cutting-edge technology to replicate the original artwork in a fraction of the time.
Callum is a papercut artist and illustrator from London and has always used Swann-Morton blades because they provide the best precision for the intricate cuts needed in the delicate sheets of paper he uses. Learn more about Callum and his work!
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