Where Do You Start?

What makes a person want to pick up a really sharp cutting instrument and pray you don’t cut an appendage while trying to create something beautiful?

In searching for a new, relaxing hobby, I had actually first thought about learning how to quilt! My mother was the sewer in my family growing up – she used to make her own clothes, made many outfits of mine for school plays, and even had her own silk embroidery business! Why couldn’t I learn how to do things like that? Unfortunately, I didn’t have a sewing machine, didn’t know where to put one, and wasn’t sure that I wanted to put the investment into getting one.

My second choice was to try cutting different colored pieces of paper and creating artwork out of them after seeing some really inspiring paper craft online. Materials for this potential endeavour were much easier and cheaper to come by so I picked up some supplies and set to work creating my first piece – a paper version of a wreath I had made.







This…is as far as I got and to this day it’s sitting in the bottom of my closet. I’m fairly certain this was not the piece to start this hobby, but I wasn’t TOO discouraged! I tried again and this time with a Calvin and Hobbes image and an image from an artist friend of mine.

Success! I’m glad I didn’t give up because of boredom or the feeling that I was in WAY over my head! Smaller, more basic pieces were the way to go and after completing these pieces, I decided on a whim to try and create a pet portrait out of paper. I wonder how that went…

Meet Kathryn

About Kathryn Willis Paper Cut Artist

I’m Kathryn Willis, a Memphis-based paper artist specializing in whimsical, bespoke paper pet portraits and traditional paper cut pieces. I grew up in a small town in Central New York and earned a degree in Arts Management. Through a few hops, skips, and jumps, I ended up as a veterinary technician in Memphis, Tennessee. Read More