Description: Earthly Paradise (May Morris imagined): an original, one-off paper-cut collage work by Amanda White.
Unframed size approx: 20 x 20 cm (7.9" x 7.9")
Framed size approx: 36 x 36 cm (14.2" x 14.2")
Date of Artwork: May 2022
Location of Signature: Bottom left and on reverse
Frame options: Black Wood with mount, Ash with mount, White Wood with mount
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Paper-cut artist Amanda White is celebrated for her collages of portraits and historical houses that bring together her love of old buildings and literature. Originally trained as a theatre designer, Amanda’s work continues to feel like a set design, drawing the viewer into the scene and exploring layer upon layer of detail.
Many of Amanda’s portraits celebrate female artists and writers throughout history. This collection of paper-cut portraits include imagined visions of late 19th century and early 20th circle of characters including: May Morris, Dora Carrington, Vanessa Bell and Daphne Du Maurier. This picture (below) shows Du Maurier coming to life on Amanda’s studio table, left for a moment as the artist ponders which jumper to dress her character in.
As a member of the Association of British Naive Artists it is no surprise that Amanda White’s influences are deeply folk art orientated. Asked for a list of inspiration, Amanda sent a list that reads as a love letter to that very specific English aesthetic:
“I have a love of Staffordshire pottery,
old textiles and plates,
the Romantic movement,
browsing in books, mooching in museums,
old buildings, cats, the sea”
Although The Shop Floor Project has worked with Amanda for several years, creating cushions and Fabric Folk Kits from her collages, this is the first time we are showcasing a collection of original, one-off works.
Using a multitude of different papers to create her collages, Amanda’s favourite source for materials are old Vogue magazines and the National Geographic. In fact it was a chance encounter with a pile of vintage Vogue’s on the street that began her work with the paper-cut technique. What else does a painter and theatre designer do when confronted with this bounty?! The rest is history and Amanda has now been working with paper-cut collages for many years.
In fact, Amanda White’s collage work is in high demand with group and solo exhibitions in the UK, Spain and New York. Her work is also held in many private collections around the world and in institutions such as the Rutherstone Collection, Manchester City Art Gallery and the Hogg Robinson Group.