KP Papercuts - The Independent Tees Collective

10 Apr 2021

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I'm the type of person who loves picking up a new craft and exploring different ways to be creative. One of the best events I've ever been to that helped me to discover new crafty avenues was Make & Mend at Preston Park, which is where I met today's Indie Tees Collective featured biz. We're going to be chatting about KP Papercuts, an artist and creator from Hartlepool who makes the most intricate and beautiful paper cut designs.

At Make & Mend, I was treated to a paper cutting workshop with Keely, who was so incredibly knowledgeable and helpful when it came to trying the precise craft for the first time. And ever since then, I've loved watching her journey and seeing her business develop. This lovely lady offers beautiful pieces, bespoke art, workshops, and even made an appearance at Festival of Thrift, so she's absolutely smashing it. If you'd like to find out more about Keely and her brilliant biz, continue reading!

Hello! Let's start with a bit of an introduction. Who are you and what is your business all about?

My name is Keely and I’m a paper cutting artist. I use my trusty scalpel to create unique art and gifts from paper. My business is all about helping my customers to find the perfect gift or to help them take a bit of time out for themselves with one of my kits and workshops.

Where did the inspiration for KP Papercuts come from? What made you want to kickstart it?

My business started by accident after I’d started paper cutting as a way to relax and unwind from the stresses of my day job. Before I started my business, I’d made lots of gifts for family and friends, and had been sharing some of what I’d created on my social media when people started asking if they could buy my art or if I’d design a special piece for them to gift to their friends and family. That’s when I realised I’d love to do lots more with my paper cuts and so my small biz was born.

I loved helping other crafters and really wanted to share the relaxing benefits I’d found through paper cutting so two years ago I started offering workshops and developed a range of kits for beginners.

What has been your favourite paper cutting project to date?

That’s a tough one as my projects can be really varied! One of my favourite types of project are the layered portraits that I can create from my customers photos. They’re a real labour of love, but the finished effect is amazing! The finished paper cut looks like a black and white photo, but it’s all layers of different coloured paper. They’re really special to make for my customers and each one is so personal to them. It’s a privilege to be able to make them.

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What do you enjoy most about running KP Papercuts?

I love that I’m able to be creative in my business, and the design and cutting process still relaxes me as much as the first time I tried paper cutting. As I’ve expanded into kits and workshops, I’ve also found a love of teaching others and helping them to find time for themselves.

What has been KP Papercuts' biggest achievement so far?

So far, I think my biggest achievement has been being brave enough to push myself outside my comfort zone! Last year, I applied to compete on Channel 4’s Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and was selected to appear on the show. It was an amazing experience and I’m really proud that I went for it!

What do you love about the Teesside independent scene?

I love the community and variety of independents in Teesside. Over the time I’ve been in business, I’ve met so many amazing people in the area, from other makers through to shop owners and food venues. Everyone shows such passion for what they do and are always willing to support one another. It’s a wonderful community to be part of.

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What's next for KP Papercuts? What do you hope for the future?

I’m really looking forward to being able to start up my in person workshops again this year. I’ve really missed getting together with others and sharing a love of craft, tea and cake! I’m also working on some new designs celebrating the North East and some of my favourite places to visit.

And finally, recommend one other Teesside independent to us!

Ooh, just one!! Ok then, there’s loads I could shout out to, but the ladies at Plantopia have been feeding my house plant obsession this year and they’re just up the road from me. I love that Linda started her business in her garage and it’s blown up so much that she had to get a unit, and then an even bigger unit! You’ll often find me there taking a few snaps of the plants as inspiration for designs or adding to my growing collection for my own home!

Keely's talent is total goals and I'm pretty much obsessed with every single thing she puts out. With a range of designs available in her shop, as well as the chance for you to have bespoke designs created, there is something for absolutely everyone. For all of you North Easterners reading this, make sure you go check out her Northern Slanguage collection to see her fabulous Northern word designs. If you want to see more from KP Papercuts, make sure you check her out on Facebook or Instagram.

Make sure you check back for another incredible Teesside independent!

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