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The Art of Paper Cutting at CHANEL School of Makeup

paper cutting workshop with Poppy Chancellor at Chanel

I love paper cutting but haven’t found much time for it recently. I was so happy to find that Poppy Chancellor was running a free Art of Paper Cutting workshop at the CHANEL School of Makeup in Harrods. I booked myself a place, told the husband to look after the children and headed into town.

I’ve taken part in a few paper cutting workshops, such as at The Handmade Fair, but never in a department store before. I actually haven’t been to Harrods for years but I arrived a little early so I could have a look around. I found the CHANEL School of Makeup on the 5th floor and took my seat.

The Art of Paper Cutting at CHANEL School of Makeup

I was one of 10 participants in the workshop run by Poppy Chancellor. I really love her contemporary style and have mentioned before how much I love her paper cutting book, Cut It Out. In case you haven’t really heard about paper cutting, Poppy describes it as illustration from a single sheet of paper.

In front of me was a cutting mat, scalpel and sheet of designs. After a brief introduction we were let loose to try out the practice sheet. As the workshop was in collaboration with CHANEL there was the famous interlocking and opposed letter C – did you know this was designed by Coco Chanel herself in 1925? There was also a lipstick, lips and stars – all different shapes so we could practice cutting out.

paper cutting workshop with Poppy Chancellor

After I had warmed up it was time to start on some of the papercut templates Poppy had brought along for us. There were 3 to choose from – an amazing Chanel-themed design (you can see the original on her Instagram), hands holding a cup of tea and a ‘Create Yourself’ design.

I started on the Chanel-themed design as it was so eye-catching. It was a really lovely design to cut and Poppy showed me how to mount it using foam pads. I’ve never mounted any of my paper cuts but I’m definitely going to do this from now on!

paper cutting workshop with Poppy Chancellor at Chanel

I really love how the finished paper cut looked. I quickly cut out the other templates too which wasn’t bad for a 2 hour workshop. A few of the other participants were surprised how quick I was but it’s amazing what you can achieve when you have 2 child-free hours.

We were able to take our paper cuts home with us. Some people mounted the cuts from the practice sheet which looked really good. I’m going to play around with mine and maybe add a pop of colour to the lipstick. I can’t wait to mount the other two paper cuts too.

paper cutting at Harrods

I had so much paper cutting at the CHANEL School of Makeup. It’s not a place I’ve ever been before but it was such a fun collaboration and I’m really glad I went. I think the other paper cutting workshops are all booked but they have more craft workshops planned in the future.


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    Beth Owen
    April 22, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I would love to learn how to paper cut! Sounds like an amazing and fun collaboration

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    April 22, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    It looks like it would be so easy, when in reality it must take so much skill.
    How much fun and a one in a lifetime experience.

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    Rebecca | AAUBlog
    April 22, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    this sounds like something i would really enjoy – really creative and fun 🙂 x

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    Eva Katona
    April 22, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    How interesting! I’ve never heard his before but the outcome looks so cool. Will have to look this up now.

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    April 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Wow those cut outs look incredible and so iconic with the Chanel feel and look. I didn’t know paper cut activities like this were available to try out!

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    April 23, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I have done basic paper cutting before but it looks like this was on another level – very impressive stuff!

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    April 24, 2018 at 12:24 am

    This is so cool, I’d like to learn the art of paper cutting too. I’m sure you must have enjoyed your time there.

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    Jen Mellor
    April 24, 2018 at 6:15 am

    That looks so much fun. I’m not sure I would be patient enough to do that kind of thing though!

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    Leigh Travers
    April 24, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    This is amazing! When I was studying Illustration at uni I used to love paper cutting and would love to get back into it!

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