Papercutting At The V&A

Last week I had a lovely invitation from the folks behind The Handmade Fair to spend an afternoon papercutting with Kirstie Allsopp and Poppy Chancellor and the V&A.


I escaped from the day job and hopped on the train to London knowing I would need some pocket money for the V&A shop too.


Poppy is a fabulous artist. She showed us some great tips for papercutting (press hard and mark all the ‘negative’ space on your design first) and was patient and utterly lovely when we shared our first, slightly wobbly attempts.

We worked on some paper cut bunting that Poppy had designed.


A bit rough around the edges, but here are my bunting flags! I’d love to know in the comments if any of you have tried papercutting.


Delicious cakes were provided by The Hummingbird bakery and I was very pleased to learn that a cake break was a scheduled part of the crafternoon.


Camomile tea and a vanilla cupcake for me.


Around 50 people made buunting flags which were strung into a colourful display at the end of the afternoon.


Super pretty eh?! The bunting project was a nod to the V&A Wedding Dress exhibition. I will definitely be giving paper cutting another go as it was very therapeutic, although I had to concentrate hard.


There was a short Q&A with Kirstie after the craft session. I asked her what she wanted people to get from attending The Handmade Fair. She said a sense of community and achivement – like when you bring something you have made home from school, as we don’t often get that feeling as an adult.

What I found most inspiring was that she said she wanted to be a platform for talented designers (such as Poppy) to thrive and grow.


I met some fabulous ladies at this event (Hello Laura, Claire, Lindsey and Michele!) and it was a great example of the wonders of our creative community. Here’s a super video of the day.

Are you going to The Handmade Fair this year? I’ll be there on the Sunday so give me a shout if you are as I’d love to see some of you.

After the event I rushed back to Cambridge to meet some alpacas. More on this tomorrow!

This weekend I also continued the paper crafts theme and went to a bookbinding workshop in Cambridge. We learnt the Japanese stab binding technique. I think I’ll use my book for calligraphy practice.





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15 thoughts on “Papercutting At The V&A

  1. I am really really really (and hundreds more!) jealous young lady! Not only did you meet one of my favourite ladies (Kirstie is amazing), but you did my favourite craft too! I love papercrafting but sadly don’t have the time anymore to make cards or do much crafting at all. You are so right though, it’s super therapeutic despite having to concentrate, I think that’s probably because that is all you focus on in that moment, everything else has to leave your mind so you don’t lose a finger! The bookbinding looks amazing too, just generally feeling like you get all the fun! x

  2. I am SO jealous that you’ve met Kirsty – I love her!! I’ve often been tempted to sell our house and start looking for another one just so I can meet Kirsty and Phil.

    Just kidding (sort of). This looks like such a lovely afternoon though! xxx
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