Paper Forests


Clever, clever Helen Musselwhite has forged a career creating brilliant and intricate papercuts. By the use of bold colour, strong graphic lines and familiar images, Helen creates individual and visually appealing pieces of art with a distinctive handcrafted quality that pays respect to all forms of mid century design, folk and ethnic art, as well as current and future trends.

Each piece combines the hand cutting, folding and scoring of a wide range of papers and card that are further worked on to create patterned and textured surfaces. They are then used to build scenes in box frames which are often complex and consist of many layers.
Helen’s website contains galleries packed full of papercuts, each gallery telling a different story, of forest creatures, woodcutters cottages and Romany caravans to name a few. All of Helen’s papercuts are available in small medium and large sizes and are perfect for framing. My favourites are her ‘Words’ range of artwork. How cute is the ‘Owlphabet’ above! See here to buy.
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Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

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