Hello! Happy Friday! For tonight’s feature, we are not only fortunate to be getting a sneak peek into the wonderful life of this paper twirling Yorkshire lass, but we are super proud to tell you that she is also our next Christmas surprise Artist in the LLD Emporium, her work is yet to be uploaded, so keep your peepers peeled for the gorgeous Carla Bagshaw of Cut By Hand and her amazing quilling.
Tell us about your journey from crafter to Cut by Hand?
Cut By Hand was born primarily from necessity. My eldest son has a chromosome deletion and is vulnerable so I need to be available to him/his school at all times. Working from home was my only real option and I got into papercutting in a big way. I wanted to do something different with papercutting so began to add quilling and slowly but surely the papercutting part was pretty much left behind. So Cut By Hand has been organic and I think that’s why it works well, I don’t get bored creating the same thing.
How do you juggle being a mum and an artist?
I think the hardest part of working from home can be discipline (either getting distracted or working too many long hours). I’m a workaholic, so for me having the boys is a good thing. It means I have to stop. I have to take the time out. It also keeps me grounded because they come first every time so I am grateful everyday for having the opportunity to work for myself doing something I love so much.
If you could have done any other job, what would you have liked to have done?
I would write. In fact I do still write, and always have (from being very young). My Masters degree is in creative writing and it’s my happy place. I’ve just never done anything with the writing I’ve done, other than store it in boxes.
You have recently started adding mixed media into your quilling how did that come about?
Again, it’s to do with organic change. When you run a business online you have to be open and ready for change. You can’t sit still because if you do your work will get stale super fast. I love playing with ideas and bin more than I complete but I’ve learned to love the failures because they lead me to the successes.
How long does it take to create a new style of quilling?
Typically around two weeks; a week to let the idea fester, a couple of days planning and laying out what it is I want to achieve and then a few days to have a go. Once I have that idea I can run with it. A typical picture takes two to three days to complete depending on complexity.
When you are not creating amazing artwork, what else do you love doing?
I love to sleep (oh so much). Other than being with the family I can honestly say I spend all my time creating something, be it quilling, stitching, wire work, anything that produces something (sometimes with very dubious results!).
A lot of people know that you arrange a yearly crafting weekend, but not a lot of people know that you do all this voluntary, are you slightly mad?
Totally sane because having the opportunity to spend time with amazing people and being able to make that happen is a privilege, and through it I have made some very solid friendships with people I respect a great deal.
I heard you recently re-homed a dude called Dave, what’s all that about?
Aww, Dave!! I love him. Well, I have Corny (he’s a giant German Shepherd and my best friend); then we have Johnson and Linda (the bunnies). My other half has pleaded for a cat for years and I relented so we got Dolly. Dolly, (named after Ms Parton herself) secretly grew some testicles and became Kenny (Rogers). I fell in love. And then we heard about Dave! Dave was a wee farm kitten that needed a home and we had the room so he arrived. He’s a menace and likes to rule the roost but he’s also become my little shadow & I can’t imagine life without him.
What’s your favourite food, music and artist?
Oooh!! Food would be Chocolate Orange or chicken noodles with cheese (because I am relentlessly classy(!).
I have fairly eclectic music taste, I love Bluegrass though; I was raised on soul (my Mum’s influence) and Blues (my Dad’s) so things like Motown, Howlin Wolf, Janis Joplin, & Bob Dylan will always hold a special place for me.
My favourite current artists are both paper artists, Jeff Nishinaka who creates epic pieces of art every time and Ching Fang Wu whose work literally makes my soul soar (she also happens to be a lovely person).
Is there any other craft you love doing?
Loads of them! I love pyrography, needle felting, crochet, stitching, paper art, wire work and pretty much anything I can have a go at.
If you could have any superhero power what would it be and why?
Oooh, good question. Multiplicity for sure. That way I could have different versions of myself accomplishing different things at the same time (one of them would definitely be reading a book on a beach).
If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be and why?
I’d love to come up with an intellectual answer to this question, but honestly? Dolly Parton! She’s a legend and has incredible business acumen.
What does 2017 hold for Carla and Cut by Hand?
My wedding! Argggghhhh!!! After a 12 year engagement we finally set a date, so I have some work to do.
What’s your top tip for budding artists out there?
Don’t feel like it has to be ‘right’ or ‘perfect’ every time, it just doesn’t. Believe in what you do, believe in yourself and allow time to develop, it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and frustration but it’s worth every second.
Will you be making more beautiful work this coming year?
I will indeed! It may have to be less than normal with the wedding, but the idea of not working is so alien to me that it just wouldn’t happen.
Thanks Carla, for a wonderful peek into your work and your interests – we can’t wait to see your mystery listings in our Emporium!
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