25 Beautiful Projects to Cut, Fold, and Shape
By Sarah Louise Matthews
Search Press 2018
Paperback £10.99 UK
Star rating: ****
The author of this delightful new papercraft book, Sarah Louise Matthews, studied textile design. Her training is evident in the graceful shapes of her papercraft designs – she must be great at floral prints, as evidenced by her wonderful floral papercraft creations. The projects in the book are imaginative and exhibit lots of variety – although the book’s title is pushing the envelope a bit.The projects are decorative accessories and not really permanent homeware, paper being best suited to temporary, not permanent makes. Having said that, all the designs are extremely appealing – you will want to make them.
Cutting, scoring, and folding are required to make most of the projects.One of my favourites is the facetted Minimal Vase, which you pop over a drinking glass. Genius. There’s a Swan Gift Bag (wouldn’t be surprised if it was inspired by Bjork’s famous red carpet dress), a very giftable Flower Pencil Topper, Floral Cake Toppers (ideal, with home baking so very popular). Looking in on another design trend, the facetted Paper Pineapple is great fun (but not functional). And the Cactus Desk Tidy will bring a smile to succulent fans.
As you progress through the book, the projects gradually ramp up in difficulty (there’s a Cuckoo Clock, complete with working mechanism). On-page photography step-by-steps are supplied, and templates are given back-of-book (many do require enlargement).
A request to the publishers. Many of us papercrafters have gone digital and own digital cutting machines (such as Silhouette or Cricut). A link to a website with downloadable project cutting files (.svg ) would be very handy – and a further incentive to buy the book. Thanks!
Note: I was supplied with a review copy of this title.