If you look quickly at artist Suzy Taylor's work, you'll still be impressed, but you might think it's some intricate pen and ink work. However, it's something even more impressive, and it takes an even steadier hand. Taylor's work is entirely made from one sheet of paper, with each work cut into impossibly intricate patterns to create a lace-like image.
Impressed? You should be.
Inspired by folk art, Taylor creates her images completely by hand with a craft knife. She doesn't use any kind of laser or die cuts, which means that all of those tiny vines and other minuscule details were done with amazing patience and steadiness.
In case you couldn't tell, the Hertfordshire, England-based artist loves detail. "Papercutting allows me to combine my love of folk art with my passion for tiny details," Taylor says. "In fact, the more detail there is, the happier I am!"
Each of her designs is hand drawn, and her original paper cuts are completely unique. No two will ever be exactly alike.
Mounting the pieces onto wood or other backgrounds gives them a fresh look, and also helps protect them.
Yep, they're paper, and they're extremely delicate!
This piece is a little different.
Instead of being cut from a single sheet of paper, this piece was assembled from several differently colored sheets of paper and mounted on a piece of wood.
The detail is just mind-bending.
This in-progress piece gives you an idea of how her pieces are created. This is the back side of the paper.
Obviously, it's meticulous work, but Taylor doesn't mind. "I love working this way," she says. "It's totally absorbing, and I can get lost in it for hours."
So with all those tiny shapes, how does she sign her work? She's got that covered.
You can see much more of Taylor's work on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her blog. She also has coloring pages and pencil drawings worth checking out. If you think one of these would look good in your home, you can buy both original paper cuts and prints on her Etsy and Not On High Street shops.