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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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Order any print in A3 size here!
Order any print in A3 size here!
EllenGiggenbach
$48.00 USD
NEW! A2 size prints!
NEW! A2 size prints!
EllenGiggenbach
$96.00 USD
New Zealand, Landscape, Shag, NZA84
New Zealand, Landscape, Shag, NZA84
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Nikau and Tui, NZA84
Nikau and Tui, NZA84
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Kereru in the evening sun, NZA83
Kereru in the evening sun, NZA83
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
Solitude, print, Ellen Giggenbach, GEO21
Solitude, print, Ellen Giggenbach, GEO21
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Howling at the Moon, print, GEO55
Howling at the Moon, print, GEO55
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Evening on the Farm, New Zealand print, NZA18
Evening on the Farm, New Zealand print, NZA18
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
LATE SPRING, bird, Ellen Giggenbach, print, DES34
LATE SPRING, bird, Ellen Giggenbach, print, DES34
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$18.00 USD
Landscape, New Zealand, Kereru and Tui, print, NZA28
Landscape, New Zealand, Kereru and Tui, print, NZA28
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$18.00 USD
Midday on the Farm, New Zealand print, NZA33
Midday on the Farm, New Zealand print, NZA33
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$18.00 USD
Horizontal, New Zealand, Kingfisher, print, NZA70
Horizontal, New Zealand, Kingfisher, print, NZA70
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
D4c, Good luck, paper cut print, DES14
D4c, Good luck, paper cut print, DES14
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Unicorn, the Rainbow and friends, print, Ellen Giggenbach, DES58
Unicorn, the Rainbow and friends, print, Ellen Giggenbach, DES58
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Forest friends, New Zealand birds and flowers, print, NZA81
Forest friends, New Zealand birds and flowers, print, NZA81
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, twilight, NZA56
New Zealand, twilight, NZA56
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Kakapo, print, NZA76
New Zealand Kakapo, print, NZA76
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Mid century, teapot, print, GEO25
Mid century, teapot, print, GEO25
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Piwakawaka, or New Zealand Fantail, in a black and white heart, print, NZA23
Piwakawaka, or New Zealand Fantail, in a black and white heart, print, NZA23
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Little Miss Kitty cat, DES30
Little Miss Kitty cat, DES30
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Ruru, New Zealand, Morepork, print, NZA17
Ruru, New Zealand, Morepork, print, NZA17
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Horizontal, new Zealand, Gannet, print, NZA72
Horizontal, new Zealand, Gannet, print, NZA72
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Piwakawaka in the evening sun, NZA67
Piwakawaka in the evening sun, NZA67
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Tui in the Flax, print, NZA7
New Zealand Tui in the Flax, print, NZA7
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Shag, print, NZA82
New Zealand Shag, print, NZA82
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
CONNECTION, Ellen Giggenbach, print, GEO26
CONNECTION, Ellen Giggenbach, print, GEO26
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Balance 2, print, Ellen Giggenbach, GEO23
Balance 2, print, Ellen Giggenbach, GEO23
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
HARMONY, Ellen Giggenbach, print, GEO34
HARMONY, Ellen Giggenbach, print, GEO34
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Mr Tucan, jungle print, DES60
Mr Tucan, jungle print, DES60
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Pretty rabbit and Piwakawaka, print, Ellen Giggenbach, DES43
Pretty rabbit and Piwakawaka, print, Ellen Giggenbach, DES43
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Sloth in the jungle, print, DES63
Sloth in the jungle, print, DES63
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Rise and Shine, Print, DES29
Rise and Shine, Print, DES29
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Live the Life you Love, Print, DES27
Live the Life you Love, Print, DES27
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Ruru, cushion cover
New Zealand Ruru, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
New Zealand, native, Tuatara, NZA72
New Zealand, native, Tuatara, NZA72
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, native, Karearea, print, NZA19
New Zealand, native, Karearea, print, NZA19
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
happy little houses paper craft kit
happy little houses paper craft kit
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
3 little houses, paper craft kit
3 little houses, paper craft kit
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
Morning in the Country, New Zealand print,NZA26
Morning in the Country, New Zealand print,NZA26
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Native Kea, print, NZA65
New Zealand, Native Kea, print, NZA65
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
BEAR HUG, Ellen Giggenbach, print, DES32
BEAR HUG, Ellen Giggenbach, print, DES32
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Landscape, New Zealand, Karearea, Falcon, print, NZA27
Landscape, New Zealand, Karearea, Falcon, print, NZA27
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Folk Piwakawaka, NZA58
Folk Piwakawaka, NZA58
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Kereru, black and white heart with red, print, NZA12
New Zealand Kereru, black and white heart with red, print, NZA12
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Landscape, cushion cover
New Zealand Landscape, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
Stag on the hill, cushion cover
Stag on the hill, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
Balloon Friends, cushion cover
Balloon Friends, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
The whale and Iceberg, cushion cover
The whale and Iceberg, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
Mr Elephant,  cushion cover
Mr Elephant, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
Woodland friends, cushion cover
Woodland friends, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
French Bulldog, cushion cover
French Bulldog, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
LLama, cushion cover
LLama, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
Cheeky Fantail, cushion cover
Cheeky Fantail, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
New Zealand Piwakawaka, cushion cover
New Zealand Piwakawaka, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
New Zealand Kakapo, cushion cover
New Zealand Kakapo, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
Retro Pohutukawa flower, cushion cover
Retro Pohutukawa flower, cushion cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
orange and blue, mid century floral, pillow cover
orange and blue, mid century floral, pillow cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD
Retro Tulips, mid centry style, pillow cover
Retro Tulips, mid centry style, pillow cover
EllenGiggenbach
$44.00 USD

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