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Paper to Perspex – Lou Taylor brooches

27 October 2013 One Comment

Earlier this month Tatty Devine launched an intricate fine jewellery range in collaboration with papercutter Rob Ryan, for which artistic director Harriet Vine explained that she made tiny paper models of each piece to get the scale right. It’s a way of working that’s familiar to Brighton’s very own papercutter Lou Taylor, who has also added accessories to her artistic offering.

Lou first saw the potential in transforming her paper art into Perspex when working with jewellery designer Jennifer Loiselle over the summer. Having created a limited edition run of lipstick brooches based on Lou’s ‘Lipstick City’ cut, the pair are now expanding the range to include other dressing table essentials.

Lou Taylor Sky Safari Perspex brooches

In direct contrast to the mini make-up pieces and her summery fruit and flamingo prints, Lou’s new ‘Sky Safari’ collection – consisting miniature versions of “everything you need for a night’s star gazing” – has more of a masculine and cold-weather feel.

Lou Taylor Sky Safari Perspex brooches

Lazer-cut by Brighton & Hove Plastics, Lou explains that the paper to Perspex process drew on the similarities between the materials: “Paper and perspex both have their weaknesses – paper is fragile and tears easily and perspex is brittle and snaps easily so it’s important to test out designs to see what works.”

Lou Taylor Sky Safari Perspex brooches

“Being a papercutter, it seemed obvious to me to make mock-ups of my designs to see them in real-life. I wanted to make sure they worked, that they looked good as jewellery and to get an idea of just how ridiculously fiddly my designs were.  A few ideas definitely didn’t make the grade when I realised how tiny some of the components would be.”

Lou Taylor Sky Safari Perspex brooches

The Sky Safari collection is now available to buy via Lou’s online shop and Etsy store, with prices ranging from £10 – £30. Vintage Brighton readers can save 10% on all orders of the brooches made through Etsy by Sunday 3 November by entering the coupon code ‘vintagebrighton’ at the checkout.

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  • Tonisha Parra said:

    Nice blog I like this… paper is easily broken and snuffle with no trouble and Perspex is breakable and snaps easily so it’s significant to test out design to observe could you repeat that? Installation.

    Posted by: Tonisha Parra | Perspex cut to size

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