Monday Moods – Fresh Energy

This morning I woke up in sheer disbelief that it is August 1st! As I wondered where the summer has gone, I started to think of all the upcoming projects looming at the end of the summer and began to feel that back to school excitement that is so ingrained in all of us. Though I am not trying to bum anyone out with the thought of the approaching fall weather, this week’s post is inspired by the fresh energy that a new month brings as well as a reminder to make the most of the rest of our summer.

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2. https://hautesavage.com/ourthings
3. Vogue UK
Happy Monday lovelies!

Art Fair Fridays – Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

Today, we’re incredibly delighted to showcase the incredible talent of artists Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry. Together, the sculptural works they create capture the ethereal beauty of the feminine form. Each piece is a layered menagerie of beauty and whimsy, that showcases the artists’ love for fashion and fantasy.  Their works tell a story that effortlessly weaves together elements of realism and fiction…the everyday and the imaginary.  All strikingly beautiful.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

Nikki:

When I was a kid, I was always a paper crafter, albeit on a more basic level!  Then, in art school, I learned paper cutting techniques and since 2003 I have been a practicing artist. I had been doing that for several years by the time we decided to form Paper-Cut-Project.

Amy:

I am a seasoned fashion editor and writer and I have always made things by hand, mainly in fabric. Nikki and I realized we shared a love of fashion and the fantasy in storytelling as it played out in campaigns, runway productions and fashion spreads. We both liked the idea of introducing the element of the hand-cut and handmade to high-end fashion productions. Because Nikki had a firm grasp on the paper medium and because it was reasonably affordable, we decided that we would work in a signature material and we chose to move in a more three-dimensional and sculptural direction. Together we visualize how our designs will play out for each client.

How would you describe your creative process?

Amy:

We work both together and separately. First we provide a very minimalist sketch of our ideas for the client. Once approved, Nikki may be building a foundation or underlying structure to support the weight of the piece while I am working on, textures or detail accents. There is always constant communication when we are working. Because there are so many stages to each piece we are generally working on the same piece at the same time, whether we are together in our studio or working individually.  

We respect each other’s space and time. It was important that Paper-Cut-Project work for both of our lifestyles too. Nikki has a toddler and is an author of a Sci-Fi series. I am an author and have a consultancy. We work well like this, sharing the load and the experience—from the construction of the pieces to the business of Paper-Cut-Project. Nikki is our lead designer. But doing this together was really the only way. Paper-Cut-Project wouldn’t exist without the both of us doing what we do best…and figuring the rest out along the way.

How would you describe your signature style?

Poetic. Without reference. Sculptural. Fantastical.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

Amy:

I think my experience as an editor helps us get our work out there so that people know we exist. I still have to go through the same motions as everyone else and pitch, but I believe it’s difficult for artists to represent their work. But we use this to put the work in front of the right people. Nikki and I like to identify potential clients and once you can conjure collaboration in your imagination, to some degree there is the possibility for it to happen.

That may be what differentiates the experience of attaining clients, but I couldn’t tell you what sets our work apart from other artists who are moved to create, just like we are. That’s for the viewer to determine or feel, in my opinion.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Nikki:

It can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything at all. But nature always, always is the greatest source. 

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

Nikki:

Our unique touch. Shapes and textures that clearly speak Paper-Cut-Project and not another. Also, all pieces are always 100% created by hand, piece-by-piece and by us alone, never outsourced. 

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Nikki:

It would probably have to be the collection we did for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for their “Hollywood Costume” exhibit. Being asked to create pieces to compliment those amazing costumes was a true honor. All of our projects are always special though, each in their own way. 

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art?

Nikki:

Maybe not its not so much advice as it is wisdom, but to keep an open mind. Projects that sound strange or impossible at first often end up being the most rewarding if given the chance. Don’t ever say no without really considering it first, because there is nothing wrong with taking a chance or challenging yourself!

Art Fair Fridays - Amy And Nikki

Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry
http://www.paper-cut-project.com

No. 1  Stellar Works – Laval Vanity Desk – Price Upon Request
http://www.stellarworks.com/content/laval-vanity-desk

No. 2  LoversLand – Izola Comb Not a Hair Out of Place – $38.00
http://www.shoploversland.com/collections/for-him/products/not-a-hair-out-of-place-comb

No. 3  One Kings Lane – Peacock Chair – $715.00
https://www.onekingslane.com/product/63771/3483333?cat=376

No. 4  Indigo – Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style – $90.89
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/product/9780300175660-item.html?ref=item_page:richrel:rr-carousel-small:json1

No. 5  Jon Vaccari Design – Enormous Milk-Glass Murano 16-Light Chandelier – $33,000

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/chandeliers-pendant-lights/enormous-milk-glass-murano-16-light-chandelier/id-f_810368/

No. 6  Oscar de la Renta – Trina Mesh-Trimmed Patent-Leather Flats – $804
http://www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/577786/oscar_de_la_renta/trina-mesh-trimmed-patent-leather-flats

No. 7  Etsy – Big Hair Don’t Care Shirt – $9.97
https://www.etsy.com/listing/233649420/big-hair-dont-care-shirt-hipster-shirt?ref=market

No. 8 Hermes – Cereal Plate – $225.00
http://canada-en.hermes.com/house/table/porcelain/mosaique-au-24-platinum/grouped-mosaique-au-24-platine-61085.html

No. 9  Bergorf Goodman – Sydney Evan 14K Fleur-de-Lis Single Stud Earring with Diamonds – $550.00
http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Sydney-Evan-14K-Fleur-de-Lis-Single-Stud-Earring-with-Diamonds-Silver/prod96030008_cat468002__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat468002%2526pageSize%253D120%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod96030008&cmCat=product

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I just can’t even come up with words that actually sum up how I feel about this work.  It’s just so crazily sublime. I love the context…the drama…the femininity…the boldness…the prettiness…the edge. I adore it all.

Here are my 5…

art fair fridays the paper cut project christine dovey heirloom and knot private collection

art fair fridays the paper cut project christine dovey heirloom and knot red valentino

art fair fridays the paper cut project christine dovey heirloom and knot the bay

art fair fridays the paper cut project christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays the paper cut project side view christine dovey heirloom and knot

The one with the black bows…and the ones from the back…le sigh. So incredibly beautiful.

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