The Wandering Woods
fairy tales

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Amy was asked:

Why do you feel that paper cut art is unique, and what did you like most about working on the illustrations for Amber?


'Paper cutting has been established as a form of art for longer than most others.  It's use in illustration is certainly not new, however it is a style that for a long time was diminishing in popularity and usage.

Thankfully this is no longer the case.  In recent years it has been seeing a revival, one that by large is only just beginning to creep back down in to children's books.
Having always seen more popularity overseas.  It's these artist's who inspired me as a child, and gave me a desire to see more books illustrated using paper cuts.
Unlike other story books, who's characters are clearly defined by their appearance, paper cutting silhouettes nature, providing a gateway for the reader to place there own face on the protagonist of the story.  While it's intricate complexities easily shape the world that the protagonist sees into the sharp and precise definition that is needed to convey a story.
It is the characters actions and their journey that becomes important over how cute or funny they look. Which I feel in essence is more true of real life.

Working on Amber gave me the opportunity to further explore the idea of putting more emphasis on the location and events.  Of course Amber herself is important, but this isn't a tale about a little girl in a pretty dress;  it is about a strong and independent figure who is capable of overcoming fear to save those she loves.  Amber is a character that girls can not only relate to, but aspire to, with or without a picture to help them.  As such it is not her look that is important, but where she goes, how she acts and what she achieves.

The rich world in which amber lives lends itself perfectly to layered paper cutting work. Trees, forests and fairy tales have all been a long standing loves of mine and having the opportunity to place such a well defined character amongst them and tell her story has not only been a pleasure, but my own fantasy come true.'
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