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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 A2 size prints here
Order any A2 size prints here
EllenGiggenbach
$82.00 USD
Order any A3 size print here
Order any A3 size print here
EllenGiggenbach
$45.00 USD
Train adventure, DES3
Train adventure, DES3
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Transportation, art print, DES22
Transportation, art print, DES22
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
The Deep, art prinGEO54
The Deep, art prinGEO54
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Horizontal, Tuatara, print, NZA73
Horizontal, Tuatara, print, NZA73
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Fantail print, NZA6
New Zealand Fantail print, NZA6
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Live the Life you Love, Print, DES27
Live the Life you Love, Print, DES27
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Pink, Hot Air Balloon, Paper Craft
Pink, Hot Air Balloon, Paper Craft
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
Pretty, pink, spring flower, retro, mid century vase, print, GEO53
Pretty, pink, spring flower, retro, mid century vase, print, GEO53
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
3 little houses, paper craft kit
3 little houses, paper craft kit
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
Ahoy! fishing boat, paper cut print by Ellen Giggenbach, DES42
Ahoy! fishing boat, paper cut print by Ellen Giggenbach, DES42
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Folk peacock bird, retro print, Ellen Giggenbach, GEO80
Folk peacock bird, retro print, Ellen Giggenbach, GEO80
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
red tulip, in yellow retro mid century vase, paper cut print, GEO2
red tulip, in yellow retro mid century vase, paper cut print, GEO2
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
modern, retro, midcentury, blue flowers vase, print, GEO56
modern, retro, midcentury, blue flowers vase, print, GEO56
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
D4c, Good luck, paper cut print, DES14
D4c, Good luck, paper cut print, DES14
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Yellow Bird with Flower Umbrella Print of Paper Cut, DES52
Yellow Bird with Flower Umbrella Print of Paper Cut, DES52
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
D4d, Mr butterfly spreading the love. paper cut print, DES6
D4d, Mr butterfly spreading the love. paper cut print, DES6
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Black Paper, Nordic Forest, decal
Black Paper, Nordic Forest, decal
EllenGiggenbach
$16.00 USD
Tiger in the jungle, print, DES66
Tiger in the jungle, print, DES66
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Horizontal, New Zealand, Kea, print, NZA69
Horizontal, New Zealand, Kea, print, NZA69
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Native, New Zealand, Pohutukawa, print, NZA64
Native, New Zealand, Pohutukawa, print, NZA64
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Native, New Zealand, Kowhai flower, NZA63
Native, New Zealand, Kowhai flower, NZA63
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Folk, Tui, NZA9
New Zealand, Folk, Tui, NZA9
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Night time in the forest, Ellen Giggenbach print, DES44
Night time in the forest, Ellen Giggenbach print, DES44
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
BALANCE, Ellen Giggenbach print, GEO37
BALANCE, Ellen Giggenbach print, GEO37
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Folk Takahe, NZA29
Folk Takahe, NZA29
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Folk Piwakawaka, NZA58
Folk Piwakawaka, NZA58
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Folk Kereru, NZA30
Folk Kereru, NZA30
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Folk Tui, NZA28
Folk Tui, NZA28
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Reaching for the moon, print, GEO38
Reaching for the moon, print, GEO38
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Gannet, bird, NZA42
New Zealand, Gannet, bird, NZA42
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Lady cat, print, DES50
Lady cat, print, DES50
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Harmony, art print, GEO39
Harmony, art print, GEO39
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Balance, art print, GEO41
Balance, art print, GEO41
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Saddleback,print, NZA88
New Zealand Saddleback,print, NZA88
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Tui and Kereru in flight, New Zealand, print, NZA87
Tui and Kereru in flight, New Zealand, print, NZA87
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand Tui Bird, NZA53
New Zealand Tui Bird, NZA53
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Horizontal, new Zealand, Gannet, print, NZA38
Horizontal, new Zealand, Gannet, print, NZA38
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
happy little houses paper craft kit
happy little houses paper craft kit
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
64 little ladies, stacking cube, DIY, paper craft, Ellen Giggenbach
64 little ladies, stacking cube, DIY, paper craft, Ellen Giggenbach
EllenGiggenbach
$15.00 USD
Stag on the mountain, print, GEO49
Stag on the mountain, print, GEO49
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Kokako, bird, NZA54
New Zealand, Kokako, bird, NZA54
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, flora and fauna print, Ellen Giggenbach, NZA20
New Zealand, flora and fauna print, Ellen Giggenbach, NZA20
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Best friends, print, NZA86
Best friends, print, NZA86
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand, NZA96
Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand, NZA96
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Lake Pukaki, New Zealand, NZA95
Lake Pukaki, New Zealand, NZA95
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Desert Road, New Zealand, NZA94
Desert Road, New Zealand, NZA94
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Landscape, New Zealand, Takahe, print, NZA41
Landscape, New Zealand, Takahe, print, NZA41
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, Kakapo, print, NZ77
New Zealand, Kakapo, print, NZ77
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Horizontal, New Zealand, Kiwi, print, NZA71
Horizontal, New Zealand, Kiwi, print, NZA71
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Horizontal, Penguin, print EGA62
Horizontal, Penguin, print EGA62
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Panda in the Jungle, print, DES67
Panda in the Jungle, print, DES67
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Be Happy, Be Bright, print, Ellen Giggenbach, DES49
Be Happy, Be Bright, print, Ellen Giggenbach, DES49
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
New Zealand, fantail, black, paper cut
New Zealand, fantail, black, paper cut
EllenGiggenbach
$16.00 USD
Dolphin at sunset, print, GEO57
Dolphin at sunset, print, GEO57
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Ellen's Alphabet, print, DES19
Ellen's Alphabet, print, DES19
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Fearlessly be yourself, print, DES26
Fearlessly be yourself, print, DES26
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD
Yellow bird with pear print
Yellow bird with pear print
EllenGiggenbach
$18.00 USD

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