Ellen Giggenbach is a New Zealand based paper cut artist and illustrator. Her bright, joyful style has a folksy vibe which I am loving.
In April her first picture books were published. Counting and First Words (Templar Publishing RRP £6.99 each) are board books filled with colour and a quirky interpretation on these traditional format books. Ellen’s work includes a lot of texture from the paper she uses to create her art. The books have enhanced that with parts of the picture being embossed and shiny contrasting the matt page, making it a tactile experience. What I like about these books is that you could use them for counting and learning words or you can use the pictures to tell a story as they are sequential.
Ellen also has an Etsy shop packed with gorgeous prints and papercut sculptures for you to create. Her most recent release is The Owl and The Pussy Cat (keep an eye on these two as there is a trend emerging) a charming paper sculpture complete with boat and a starry sky. Her prints feature on the wish list I’m running for Monty and Betsy’s bedroom (work is progressing, hope to share soon!) although narrowing the choice down to a favorite is proving tricky.
Ellen Giggenbach’s style taps into many hot trends while being uniquely her own brand of cool. I can see a lot more of her in the future.