I Heart Nikki McClure

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Visiting the Museum for Contemporary Craft here in Portland, OR we happened upon a retrospective of the paper artist Nikki McClure. I fell in love with her work instantly though I realized that I had actually been a fan for some time when I recognized some of her pieces.

She makes these stunning graphic images with just an X-acto knife and black paper. You may recognize her work from calendars, posters (Paul has a series of her work, which is what I recognized), CD covers, and books.

Her subjects are often quintessential moments of quotidian life – lying in a hammock, diving into a pool – but they are rendered with such detail and care as to make them exceptional and extraordinary.

If you ever get a chance to view her pieces in person you must! It’s an entirely different experience to view the works three-dimensionally since you can see each of her cuts and that’s when you truly begin to appreciate the beauty of her craft.

{Visit her website here.}

{Buy her stuff here.}

Enjoy, Mari

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