'Isabella's Art'

Baba Yaga - Laser cut shadow puppet

Dragon Rider - Hand cut shadow puppet

I'm really pleased to have found these via Etsy, happily falling across the Dutch illustrator, Isabella. She works both as a shadow puppeteer, paper-cutting, and in ink, creating pieces that are as clean edged as her paper-cuts.

While I rather like Isabella's inky prints, I definitely prefer her shadow puppets. They have a confidence about their lines which empowers the characters. Similarly it is Isabella's choice of what to cut away that makes the puppets so successful. She doesn't over-do it, though still manages to convey the beauty of the stories she's illustrating and their intricacy; evidently a great deal of thought goes into her compositions.

Some of my favourites:


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