Art Kaleidoscope

Between art and craft

Paper artist Helen Musselwhite

Capricorn. Happinez Magazine, The Netherlands. From the series of 12 illustrations of monthly horoscope page

Capricorn. Happinez Magazine, The Netherlands. From the series of 12 illustrations of monthly horoscope page. Paper artist Helen Musselwhite

Paper artist Helen Musselwhite works in her home studio, creating fabulous paper art with an ordinary set of tools. In particular, a table, reference books, lots of discarded scalpel blades and drawers full of paper. The result is impressive. According to Helen, she loves working with paper so much that she can get totally lost in what she is doing. And the time passes for her without noticing. She thinks that paper is a good medium. “As you can make it – as good as your own creativity, and that’s a fantastic challenge”. Her pieces usually start with some quick thumbnail sketch. She enlarges this and works from it. Helen Musselwhite loves to work on large-scale projects for brands and small commissions for private clients.

Front cover of the Hanover edition of SHOP magazine Spring-Summer 2013

Teatime. Front cover of the Hanover edition of SHOP magazine Spring-Summer 2013

Meanwhile, for her, it all started with one of those bumper packs of felt tips. “One of my earliest memories is of tearing open Christmas wrapping paper to find a vivid array of coloured pens inside. Then immediately rearranging the colours in a way that pleased me better. That was it; I was off on a voyage of creative discovery that continues to this day”.

Paper artist Helen Musselwhite

www.helenmusselwhite.co.uk