Vanessa Stone makes deceptively simple reverse layered collages by “drawing” into a single sheet of paper using a scalpel. She adds paper from behind and cuts into that again resulting in pieces that are highly distinctive, clean lined and pared down. All her work is hand cut using the very best coloured drawing papers. She is hugely inspired by nature and the landscape around her, often capturing a time and a place from her travels around the UK and near her home on the Bedfordshire border.
“I am often trying to capture something in its barest essentials of line, colour and composition. Paper cutting has a boldness to it that’s like nothing else. It’s about cutting away to bring forward, to make something real.”
Vanessa has exhibits regularly in the UK, runs workshops teaching paper cutting to all ages and has work in private collections in England, USA, Netherlands and Finland.