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Featured Shop: Ellen Giggenbach

Mar 23, 2015

by Ellen Giggenbach

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Hi! My name is Ellen Giggenbach, and I create joyful art in the form of prints, paper craft kits, sewing kits and scarves. I work from my home in Eastbourne, New Zealand, a lovely seaside village near our capital city.

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I’ve always been drawn to arts and crafts. I fondly remember the many happy afternoons I spent with my mom and sister drawing, sewing, and knitting jumpers, and art was by far my best subject at school. Inspired by a Matisse poster on my wall, I began experimenting with hand-cutting colored paper. My favorite part of the process was creating simple, graphic shapes; I also loved the spontaneity of being able to move elements around to form surprising color combinations. After studying graphic design in Vienna and New Zealand, I went on to work in advertising as a freelance graphic artist. And after that, I became a mum to two gorgeous sons.

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I always knew that I would pick up my scalpel and work with cut paper again one day, and that time finally came when my boys started school. Suddenly, I found that I had enough hours in the day to work on reigniting my passion, so I created a few pieces of work and posted them on my blog. Even though some time had passed, my passion for color hadn’t faded; I was pleasantly surprised to see that other people liked my work, too. I opened my Etsy shop soon after and was delighted to receive my first orders. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Whenever I see a heart, a bird, a vase, an animal – even a hot air balloon – I imagine what it would look like if it were made of paper. When I’m ready to create, the next step in my process is playing around with paper, scissors and sticky tape until the image is exactly how I envisioned it. I like challenging myself to design each of my paper sculptures so that they are as simple as possible to make.

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Recently, I’ve been adding more and more detail to my art digitally, which has given my designs a whole new element that I love. I am also currently working on a new range of DIY sewing crafts and cushions, and I’ve just completed my first collection of colorful scarves. I’m excited to know that there are many more ideas just waiting to pop into my head — and I am always so happy to know that someone, somewhere in the world, is having fun cutting and folding my creations.

Follow Ellen Giggenbach on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and on her blog.

All photographs by Ellen Giggenbach.

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Be your own hero, wall hanging
Be your own hero, wall hanging
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
Dream Big, wall hanging
Dream Big, wall hanging
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
Pink, swan, message, wall hanging
Pink, swan, message, wall hanging
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
3 little flying birds, DIY paercraft, Ellen giggenbach
3 little flying birds, DIY paercraft, Ellen giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
LATE SPRING, bird, Ellen Giggenbach, print
LATE SPRING, bird, Ellen Giggenbach, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Geo pineapple, print, Ellen Giggenbach
Geo pineapple, print, Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Colouring in, swan, instant download, printable
Colouring in, swan, instant download, printable
EllenGiggenbach
$2.00 USD
Night time in the forest, pillow cover
Night time in the forest, pillow cover
EllenGiggenbach
$38.00 USD
Mr Fox, pillow cover
Mr Fox, pillow cover
EllenGiggenbach
$42.00 USD
little bird on emerald green, pillow cover
little bird on emerald green, pillow cover
EllenGiggenbach
$38.00 USD
Soaring Tui, print
Soaring Tui, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Solo, polar bear on the ice, print
Solo, polar bear on the ice, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Kereru, Wood Pigeon, bird, print
New Zealand, Kereru, Wood Pigeon, bird, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Woodland fox, Art by Ellen Giggenbach
Woodland fox, Art by Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Arctic Fox, Art by Ellen Giggenbach
Arctic Fox, Art by Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Fantail, teal, heart
New Zealand Fantail, teal, heart
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Gannet, bird
New Zealand, Gannet, bird
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Piwakawaka play among the Kowhai flowers
New Zealand Piwakawaka play among the Kowhai flowers
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, native, Tui, bird, in a royal blue heart, print
New Zealand, native, Tui, bird, in a royal blue heart, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
RURU heart, New Zealand Morepork, print
RURU heart, New Zealand Morepork, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Pretty blue festive flags
Pretty blue festive flags
EllenGiggenbach
$4.00 USD
EARLY WINTER, bird, Ellen Giggenbach, print
EARLY WINTER, bird, Ellen Giggenbach, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Be Happy, Be Bright, print, Ellen Giggenbach
Be Happy, Be Bright, print, Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Friends for ever, print
Friends for ever, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
love in a hot air balloon, print
love in a hot air balloon, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Kotuku, bird, print by Ellen Giggenbach
New Zealand, Kotuku, bird, print by Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Fantail print
New Zealand Fantail print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, twilight
New Zealand, twilight
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
HARMONY, Ellen Giggenbach, print
HARMONY, Ellen Giggenbach, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Tui, black, paper cut
New Zealand, Tui, black, paper cut
EllenGiggenbach
$16.00 USD
New Zealand, fantail, black, paper cut
New Zealand, fantail, black, paper cut
EllenGiggenbach
$16.00 USD
Transportation, art print
Transportation, art print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Colourful, modern, geometric, paper vases
Colourful, modern, geometric, paper vases
EllenGiggenbach
$6.00 USD
Florabunda cushion, Ellen Giggenbach
Florabunda cushion, Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$38.00 USD
Single Kowhai, pillow cover
Single Kowhai, pillow cover
EllenGiggenbach
$42.00 USD
pretty blue bird, summer, print
pretty blue bird, summer, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Abstract Tulip, black leather, sling bag
Abstract Tulip, black leather, sling bag
EllenGiggenbach
$68.00 USD
Pretty Geo Bowl
Pretty Geo Bowl
EllenGiggenbach
$4.00 USD
Blue, Printable, Paper Vase, Ellen Giggenbach
Blue, Printable, Paper Vase, Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$4.00 USD
Pink, Printable, Paper vase, Ellen Giggenbach
Pink, Printable, Paper vase, Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$4.00 USD
Summer, Hydrange flowers, Ellen Giggenbach print
Summer, Hydrange flowers, Ellen Giggenbach print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Meditation, paper cut, blue bird, print
Meditation, paper cut, blue bird, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Red, heart, with birds and flowers, Print
Red, heart, with birds and flowers, Print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Summer in the country, papercut, print
Summer in the country, papercut, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Well done pussy cat print
Well done pussy cat print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Bon Voyage, Swan,pinks,greens, print
Bon Voyage, Swan,pinks,greens, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
B4e, vintage fabric, retro fabric, lady, reds, print
B4e, vintage fabric, retro fabric, lady, reds, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Pretty Flamingo, print, Ellen Giggenbach
Pretty Flamingo, print, Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Ruru, New Zealand, Morepork, print
Ruru, New Zealand, Morepork, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
paper craft, paper bowl, printable, decoration
paper craft, paper bowl, printable, decoration
EllenGiggenbach
$4.00 USD
BALANCE, Ellen Giggenbach print
BALANCE, Ellen Giggenbach print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Lady cat, print
Lady cat, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Harmony, art print
Harmony, art print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Equilibrium, art print
Equilibrium, art print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Balance, art print
Balance, art print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Pretty swan, with flowers, on a pink background, print
Pretty swan, with flowers, on a pink background, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
White swan, on Turquoise, print
White swan, on Turquoise, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Pretty bird, on emerald green, print
Pretty bird, on emerald green, print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
magical, Unicorn, Print
magical, Unicorn, Print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Ahoy! fishing boat, paper cut print by Ellen Giggenbach
Ahoy! fishing boat, paper cut print by Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD

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