Pippa completed her Degree in Contemporary Art Practice at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2006.
After going out into the real world for a couple of years to work , the need to continue her art and her art education led Pippa back to the same university. Here she completed her MA in Art and Design and Curation which in 2011.
Originally from Mirfield in West Yorkshire, where she lived on a canal boat for much of her childhood, Pippa moved to Hebden Bridge in 2013 to develop her practice in a creative community.
Living in a rural place near the waterways, surrounded by the best of British wildlife, has inspired much of her work. Pippa allows emotion to guide her as she carefully crafts each new work of art from one single piece of 135gsm paper using an x-acto blade with a favourite handle Pippa has cherished for a number of years.
Each piece can take up to 100 hours for Pippa to create depending on the detail and the amount of research she needs to do beforehand. This makes every completed papercut masterpiece a true one-of-a-kind piece of art and not a mass produced product.
The process is just as important to Pippa as the finished piece. Perhaps this is why her favourite papercut is one she keeps privately at home. It has a secret name and was made at a real turning point in her life, in that period just after you finish studying where you feel a bit lost.
Her pieces are first drawn out by hand on the reverse of the paper, and then hand cut before giving Abacus Framing in Mytholmroyd the enviable job of making the right frame for the completed papercut to be displayed in.
Pippa has worked part-time at Heart Gallery now for two years whilst growing her fledgling business. We have seen the amazing opportunities that have come her way working with York University, Yorkshire Tea, The Old Bell Tavern in Harrogate and also with ourselves creating a product that raises much needed funds for the Watermark Fund – the charity set up after the devastating Boxing Day floods here in Calderdale.
The original framed ‘Mighty Calder Valley’ papercut is available along with prints of this design that Pippa has produced as a limited edition run down at The Egg Factory – a creative co-working space in Hebden Bridge where like-minded creatives work together to help small businesses flourish. The commission from sales of the prints, only available at Heart Gallery, goes into the Watermark Fund and a big chunk of the sale of the original papercut will too.
We also stock other framed originals by Pippa when she has time to produce new ones for us. There are currently 5 new pieces hanging on our wall as well as a browser full of prints in Pippa’s signature colour palette.
Many people ask Pippa why she doesn’t make her life easier by lasercutting her work to reproduce more pieces of each of her intricate designs but it’s good to hear her response. Pippa stays true to herself because she doesn’t feel that this is how art works and she couldn’t achieve the same result if she didn’t work manually.
Pippa’s framed originals really are breathtaking and if you can get into Heart Gallery to see them soon then make it a weekend. Pippa works with us on a Saturday so you can chat to her about her creative processes and perhaps commission a bespoke piece for yourself.
If you can’t visit to speak to Pippa in person you can read more about her here in this recent article.