Fine artist Emma Thomas and her use of Swann-Morton scalpels and blades.
In a recent interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Paper cut artist and children's illustrator Poppy Chancellor admitted to being "an unruly child who only settled down when she was drawing."
The 29-year-old daughter of actress Anna Chancellor, and performance poet Jock Scot had an unconventional upbringing in west London but now channels her creativity into her work as a papercut artist, hand-cutting intricate designs from a single sheet of paper.
Her work has a contemporary feminist edge and a comic-book feel and she now works out of her studio in southeast London.
We were recently contacted by Marina van der Helm from the Netherlands. "I am making a dollhouse with very fine furniture. On that furniture I make woodcarvings and have used a very little chisel from Swann Morton SM61." Marina's work can be seen in the photographs she kindly provided.
Having just one mediocre option for anything in life is depressing, so I was psyched to find Swann-Morton blades as an alternative to the X-Acto blades I had been using for inlaid paper cuts. It turned out that not only were they a viable alternative, but the superior choice.
Here's why: from the start, the method of attaching the blade to the tool is more efficient and stable. It takes a little getting used to using pliers to attach and remove the blade (never use your fingers), but it's a far better system than twisting a threaded tool tip (which inevitably fails over time). Once you get the hang of it, it's literally a snap!
Christine Green is Paper Cut artist who is passionate about teaching this increasingly popular art form to others and loves her Swann-Morton scalpel which is an essential part of her kit.
"I have been wielding Swann Morton handles and blades for many many years - as the daughter of two graphic designers we had these things around the house and I had the sharpest, pointiest pencils in class!!"
Frances Payne is a professional artist and illustrator who has been working with paper cutting as a central medium to her work for in excess of 5 years, after her passion for working with a scalpel supplanted a lifelong love of the paintbrush. Working exclusively with Swann Morton blades, Frances is reaching the conclusion of a Masters in Creative Practice and as such is staging a solo exhibition of intriguing and unique cut paper works at the Harrogate Theatre from 4th to 6th August 2016.
Julie is Payroll Manager at Swann-Morton so is well placed to know that there is a wide selection of knives at her disposal to help her in perfecting her art that being the making of bespoke cakes for all types of special occasions.
Christopher Stokes unveils his "Body, Bones and Beautification" collection this Summer with his central piece showing at New Designers 2010 - a set of collapsible wings spanning more than 2.5 metres and compiled of over 1400 individually coloured scalpel blades.
Willard presented Swann-Morton with a new "micro" swan for us to display back in 2004 . Willard said "...it is great being associated with Swann-Morton, the best surgical blade manufacturer in the world" and who are we to argue with the world record holder for microscopic sculptures!
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