Sarah Louise Matthews
Hi! I’m Sarah Louise Matthews and I’m a freelance paper engineer, paper cut designer and published author based in Yorkshire, England. I work with a variety of brands and clients to design and create diverse, bespoke layered papercuts and 3D paper sculptures for a broad range of commissions - from small, detailed paper sets and props to be used for styling product photography, to oversized, tactile papercrafted window displays, the scope of my work ranges hugely but I always keep paper craftsmanship and a sense of fun at the heart of what I do.
My playful paper pieces have been commissioned by brands including Bentley, Ted Baker, Clive Christian, Sipsmith and Olivia Burton, to name a few, and my work has adorned the windows of stores including Selfridges and Pandora on Oxford Street, London. On top of creating bespoke commissions for brands, I have also run papercraft workshops, written a book ‘Paper Craft Home’, published by Search Press, and contributed many papercraft projects to craft magazine Mollie Makes.
‘Paper Engineer’ would probably have been my dream job as a child, had I known of its existence, as I have vivid childhood memories of hours spent folding origami penguins and making handmade pop up books. I graduated from my Textile Surface Design Degree in 2011 with a range of folded paper jewellery and have been building on my skills through endless experimentation ever since. I am now a full time freelance Paper Engineer, spending my days buried under paper working on commissions in my studio in Yorkshire. You can keep an eye on my latest creations on my instagram @_sarah_matthews