& Other Animals: Sarah Trumbauer, Paper-Cut Artist.

I’m delighted to share this little interview that I did with one of my favourite paper-cut artists, Sarah Trumbauer. I think that she has a great eye for design and I really enjoy her work. I am sure you will too!

1. What do you do?
I’m a papercut artist and illustrator, which means I draw pretty pictures and then carefully cut them out of paper using an x-acto knife.

2. How do you fit it all in?
Honestly, I don’t! I’m sure like all artists and business owners, I spend many, many hours in the studio and on the computer every day and there still just isn’t enough time to accomplish everything I’d like. I’m a big list-maker, so to-do lists help. But mostly I just have to be realistic about what I can and can’t get done and make sure I’m prioritizing. (This includes learning to say “no!” when necessary, which is very hard for me!)

3. A good day at the office:
I love walking into the studio with a new design already drawn up and ready to cut – and then having the whole day to cut and listen to music. No interruptions! And then if I love the completed piece – that’s the icing on the cake of a very good day!

4. Inspiration:
So many. Children’s stories, fairy and folk tales, and nature are my biggest inspirations. I like to take walks in the park near my house to clear my head and let the beautiful surroundings work their magic.

5. Best move so far?
Finally making the decision to start selling some of my products wholesale has been really helpful to my business. It’s a great way to get a larger quantity of items out there in many different places!

6. Biggest regret?
I’ve made some mistakes and handled things in a way I wish I could change which has led to a few missed opportunities. It’s hard when you are running a business by yourself and learning as you go- but I try not to beat myself up and take things in stride. We all need to make mistakes in order to succeed!

7. Wise words for a whipper-snapper version of you:
Don’t compare yourself to anyone else or measure yourself by their success. Be true to yourself and your art and people will be drawn to your work as well. Your success will come when it’s your time!

8: Where can we find you?
You can find me on etsy at www.sarahtrumbauer.etsy.com
and on facebook at SarahTrumbauerCreatives.

One response to “& Other Animals: Sarah Trumbauer, Paper-Cut Artist.”

  1. Stephanie

    These are all very enchanting. I love the fairy tale quality of them. Great stuff!

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