Bovey Lee

April 30, 2009

Saw these amazing papercuts on the Folding Trees website this morning {If you love paper, I recommend subscribing to foldingtrees, lots of paper crafts, tutorials and artist profiles}. Pittsburgh based, Hong Kong native, Bovey Lee creates intricate and illustrative large-format papercuts using Exacto knives and cutting mats. I have yet to try anything like this, as I don’t think I have the artists eye to create anything this interesting. Her work is based on Chinese folk art traditions but brings a contemporary aesthetic to this ancient craft:

I create paper cutouts and seek to extend it as a contemporary, global art form that is deeply rooted in Chinese folk art traditions. To do so, I strive for a universal and amalgamated aesthetic that incorporates imagery rich in cross-cultural references and contemporary subtexts. In these very dense and intricate paper cutouts, I explore the universally shared experiences of power, sacrifice and survival.

What I think is amazing, her pieces are cut from Japanese “rice” paper. If you’ve used this kind of paper before, you know how light and “fluttery” it can be. It doesn’t have a grain (if it’s handmade) which probably helps, but I can’t imagine how fine of a hand one must have to work with this kind of material. Really amazing.

Visit boveylee.com
Via foldingtrees


  1. I am a paper and book addict and I check in on your blog at least a few times per week. Just wanted to let you know that your blog is fabulous - love the artists you feature, the links you provide and your own work that you share. Thanks.

    Comment by Suzanne — April 30, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

  2. Thanks so much Suzanne! Your comments keep me motivated!


    Comment by Jason Thompson — May 1, 2009 @ 8:00 am

  3. so inspiring! My head hurts thinking about how long it takes to make these.

    Comment by Carson — July 11, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

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