Kristine Benum Braanen, from Oslo, is a perfectionist. When she is working with her paper cuttings the environment needs to be tidy and clean, since she finds it hard to concentrate if the environment is too messy. The atmosphere has to be calm when she’s starting the creative process, and when she finds that special mood, she can cut for hours. The perfectionism can especially be seen in her creations, which consists hundreds of hundreds large and tiny circles and triangles.
At the moment, Kristine is taking her master in Multi-cultural and International Education, and she is already an educated teacher in Arts and Crafts, Religion, Ethics and Norwegian, plus, she is committed as a volunteer at The Red Cross. She finds time to her paper art and the society The Paper Artist Collective during evenings, nights and weekends.
– Mostly, I work with paper cutting during the evenings, but now, when I study, I also can work a little bit during day time. I discovered paper when I studied art, when we got the chance to cut out trees from paper sheets. I liked it from that moment on, but I had difficulties getting it right. It was when I started to cut geometrical figures that I finally managed to do something I actually could be satisfied with, says Kristine.