The Geneva Exhibition and the London Fashion Week
According to Kristine, paper art is a trending topic at the moment, especially since paper is an easy medium to work with and that you can learn the basics rather quickly. But for Kristine, the road toward becoming a great paper cutter hasn’t been straight and she did think about giving up many times along the way.
– A friend of mine has saved a lot of my drawings that I tossed away, she took them out of the trash can and framed them. I really want everything that I do to be perfect, which is hard when I also have trouble sometimes to focus. I can have a hard time to concentrate during a long sustained time, and it often ends up with me bouncing around the room. And even when I finally get going, I have to take a lot of breaks and do something else for a moment, one piece of work can therefor take up to 30-40 hours to make, says Kristine.
Even if Kristine mostly wants to work as a teacher, she is very happy that her paper art is getting more and more attention. For example, she recently got the chance to make a jewelry display made out of paper for the designer brand Eshvi, for London Fashion Week. But she is also very proud of her latest exhibition, which ended recently, in Geneva.
– It was called ‘The Geneva Exhibition’ and we were 11 artists from the collective who exhibited, which was very exciting. It is so fascinating that you can do so much with paper, it is just a blank sheet but can become so much more. You can even make a house if you want to. But I will stick to triangles and circles, that’s my biggest inspiration, says Kristine.
For the future, Kristine do not imagine herself working full time as a paper artist, maybe when she is 50 she says, but she still has dreams. She wants to do something big in 3D, a mass installation perhaps, something people can look at and enjoy but not wanting to put up on the walls of their homes. But right now, she is focusing on her paper creations when she has the time and she wants to concentrate on the things closest to her heart.
– I just have to be a teacher. I really can’t imagine how everything is going to turn out for me, but you can’t get stuck on dreams. I want to believe that I can manage to achieve my life goals whether or not I have them exactly figured out. I have to believe that the things I’m doing right now is good, and for now I’m trying to overcome my perfectionism by doing more abstract paper cuttings. And if I’m going to learn this I have to realize that everything doesn’t have to be perfect all the time, says Kristine.