made in britain
can be personalised
A finely crafted papercut illustration, creating a miniature portrait of the person closest to your heart, made to order to your specifications.
An original portrait that perfectly captures a person's individuality is the ultimate thoughtful gift for any friend or relative. With bright colours, clean shapes and neat details all made out of paper, these tiny little versions of your treasured friends and family will be treasured for a long time to come. Carefully designed and hand cut by Laura in her North London home, each piece takes time and patience and is all done with a simple pair of scissors. The novelty of being able to hold a final illustration in your hands as well as the detail and care put into every layer make these portraits truly special and completely unique.
To get the ball rolling I'll need you to send me some photos of the person/people you'd like to have illustrated. These could ideally be from side on, but a full mug shot will do too. The more photos the better as it will help me to get a feel for the persons main features.
Please keep in mind that the portraits are sort of like caricatures, so the slightly generic face design means that the pieces that closely resemble a person usually rely on an obvious item of clothing, glasses, accessories or hair shape/colour. No detail is too small! Please also let me know if you'd like to see a proof of the final illustration before I send it off.
PLACING YOUR BESPOKE ORDER
How to upload your photos:
1. Log on to your notonthehighstreet.com customer account
2. Click your name at the top of the page and go to ‘My Orders’
3. Find the relevant order and click the blue ‘Contact Seller’ button
4. Upload your photos using the text box at the bottom of the page (you are able to select more than one photo by holding the ctrl button whilst selecting your photographs or highlighting a range of photos if you are on a Mac). Please note you have to provide text in the text box for photographs to upload successfully.
THE DETAILS OF YOUR PORTRAIT
Next up, if you could answer the below questions for me in your order enquiry (with your photos) so we can clarify some of the finer details:
What would you like the person to be wearing on their top half? Feel free to attach relevant photos, or just say what sort of colours, patterns and style of tops you'd like. For example: a checked shirt in blue and red
Which way would you like the portrait to be facing? It'll be from side on, so it's completely up to you if you'd like it to be from the left or the right, or I can decide this for you.
Are there any other details that I might have missed? For example, any glasses or jewelry, an obvious mole or freckles on the face, their hair colour which might look slightly different in photos.
Portraits are cut with Fiskars embroidery scissors, requiring a lot of skill and precision. The coloured paper is by Canford, Maya and Murano, and the smallest details are painted in gouache paint. Each layer of paper is assembled with strong glue using a pin for maximum neatness and minimum visibility. Pieces are delicate but can be handled if necessary, the strong glue typically provides a lasting hold. Included is a gold metal hanging frame, with different options for the ribbon colour.
Size of the papercuts vary but frames are 2"x2"