Caroline Rees

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I have been designing and cutting stencils for almost 30 years - first for printed textiles, then for architectural sandblasted glass and currently for papercuts.

I love simple, bold and graphic imagery and am inspired by primitive art, Scandinavian textiles, my Welsh heritage and the beautiful Gower landscape where I live, all mixed up with a love of illustration and design.

Although I gained recognition for my distinctive architectural glass, undertaking large scale commissions for public and private spaces, it is the hands on, simple and traditional technique of paper cutting which I currently find most gratifying. With just a scalpel, paper and cutting mat I create contemporary and humorous images which are designed to make you smile. Inspired by the people I meet, the dramatic coastal landscape where I live and scenes from family life, I transform my drawings into linear patterns making pictures which exaggerate the decorative characteristics of my surroundings.

My products sell across the world and in addition to winning an award at the prestigious Made by Hand exhibition I have been featured in the press.