Papercutting with Sam Pierpoint

10am, Sat 07 Oct

Workshop is 4 hours

@The Chocolate Factory

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Sam Pierpoint is a Bristol-based paper-cut illustrator, image maker and set designer. She has created intricate, large scale paper cut creations for a number of major brands including Kiehl’s, Nokia, LUSH and Paperchase.

Join Sam for a workshop on how to work with paper and create your own customised 3D letter. During this 4 hour workshop you will:

  • Learn paper cutting techniques
  • Learn process from designing a sketch into a physical paper sculpture
  • Make a 3D letter of your choice to customise
  • Problem solving when it comes to making objects out of paper

At the end of the workshop you will leave with your very own a fully customised 3D letter.

You won’t need to bring anything except your creative ideas! All materials and tools for are included in the price of the ticket. If you would prefer to bring your own sketchbook and drawing materials for sketches, you’re welcome to do so.

Sam Pierpoint

We caught up with Sam to find out which artists she’s enjoying, which apps she couldn’t live without and what she’s currently listening to.

Can you tell us what an average work day looks like?

The sun usually wakes me up anytime between 6am and 8am. Monday mornings we get up at 6.30am to go and do yoga. I take Merlin (my little Italian Greyhound pup) for a walk / jog somewhere in the Mendip Hills.

I work on the current projects I have on until lunchtime in my home studio which I share with my partner Mike (owner of Beehive Aerial Productions). He’s also my photographer and videographer!

At the moment I’m working on a large 1.5 x 1.5 metre sculpture for a festive campaign. I’ve been sworn to secrecy but all should be revealed in August. I’ll be driving this sculpture all the way to France once it’s complete… fingers crossed it will fit in my car!

Most of the time if the weather’s good we’ll take an extra long break to enjoy the outdoors and make up the time later in the evening.

In the evening I tend to tie off any loose ends with admin work, make a note of anything I need to do the next day and then kick back with a Somerset Cider  – or if I have more energy go rock climbing or play squash!

What are you listening to at the moment?

Bombay Bicycle Club, The Herbaliser, First Aid Kit, Jon Hopkins, Bonobo, Kate Bush, C Duncan… there are so many! I can’t work without my Spotify playlists!

Also this Big Phat 90s Mixtape by DJ Woody.

It’s an ace way to communicate ideas with a team of people.

What apps can’t you live without?

Slack is great! I’m collaborating with a few creative agencies at the moment and it’s an ace way to communicate ideas with a team of people.

Tesco Groceries – it’s always a win when I can sit and relax in the garden and do a weeks shop from my phone in 20 mins.

Rightmove – I have a slightly unhealthy relationship with Rightmove. We’ve been on the lookout to buy a house for the past 6 months with many requirements as we want to work from home in the country. I must open the app over 20 times a day!

Instagram – especially Merlin’s Instagram. This is where I can offload all of my obsessive dog pictures rather than bombarding Facebook with them and annoying my friends.

Strava for fitness!

Favourite piece of equipment in the studio / work space?  

Silhouette Cameo cutting machine has saved me many hours and my own sanity! My machine with happily cut out any repetitive shapes / precisely measured architectural pieces without any complaints 😊

Which designers / artists work are you enjoying at the moment?

Of course my two besties Rachel Tighe and Claire Hartley. Rachel is a contemporary cityscape artist and Claire is an independent designer and illustrator working across print and packaging for lifestyle brands. I’m a big fan of their work, they make some truly amazing stuff!

We’ve known each other since play school and followed similar paths with primary school to secondary school to college to university. They have been a great influence in my life and I think it’s great that we’ve all ended up doing something creative!

What’s your favourite place to escape to?

We live in such a beautiful area in the country that I rarely feel the need to escape. On walks from my doorstep we can spot buzzards, rabbits, pheasants whilst also find rope swings and small waterfalls. Chew Valley lake eating at Salt + Malt to Parkrun at Ashton Court on a Saturday, to cycling the many off road routes we have around Bristol and Somerset – the Strawberry Line and Bristol to Bath are great for taking Merlin along.

If I was to choose anywhere in the world it would be Madeira – just because it’s full of awesome tropical fruit on tap, plants and wildlife. It’s my favourite place for Levada walks, mountain treks and exploring.

I have a subscription with the AOI which I would advise any illustrator to get

Do you have a subscription with any magazines?

I have a subscription with the AOI which I would advise any illustrator to get because they help so much with pricing and licensing. I don’t know what I’d do without them. From being subscribed to them I get Varoom magazine which is a great read!

If you could choose one artist, dead or alive, to decorate your house, who would it be?

I’m loving Craig & Karl at the moment. If they could cover the outside of my house with those bold, graphic murals I’d be one happy gal!