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London-based illustrator Poppy Chancellor creates bespoke paper-cuts for brands, events and individuals – all with her trademark wit and playful sexiness. In the few short years since graduating from Kingston University London, Chancellor has been commissioned to create elaborate paper-cut designs for brands including Hobbs, Nike, Adidas and Cath Kidston. She has also appeared on ‘Sunday Brunch’ and ‘Kirsty Allsopp’s Handmade Fair’ (both for Channel 4), and is regularly asked to speak at craft festivals all over the UK.
At what age did you start to take an interest in the field you work in?
I was a very creative and destructive child. I loved breaking things. Drawing was a great way to calm down. I’ve always drawn and my paper-cuts are a development of that. I see them as delicate 3D drawings.
What are your top three favourite songs?
For Karaoke: Craig David- Seven days
For dancing: Mary Jane Girls- All night Long
For relaxing: Marilyn Monroe- Lazy
What is your favourite London gallery/venue and why?
Luckily growing up in London means that I’ve always had access to iconic galleries. I love the national gallery. I spent a year drawing from the paintings there when I attended the Royal Drawing School. Also the V&A Museum is so beautiful. I love working in their library, it’s a total sanctuary.
Name three creatives who have inspired you over the past 10 years?
My Mum, actress Anna Chancellor, is my main inspiration. She is the one who encourages and challenges me about my work. She showed me all the things that became the pillars of my inspiration.
My Sister, fashion designer Tara Starlet, is a business guru. She is the perfect person to ask for advice or guidance. I’ve always looked up to her as the pinnacle of style and grace.
The W Project are a collective of females within the creative industries who aim to support each other. I have been working with them since their first exhibition 5 years ago. This network gave me the confidence to pursue a career in art.
Have you got any exciting events/projects/commissions coming up in the near future?
I’m planning my next solo exhibition looking at the modern woman. I love having enough space to work on a large scale. It gives my work a more monumental aesthetic rather than something tiny and delicate.
If you weren’t involved in the creative industry what other career path would you have chosen?
Plus size model or rapper
Poppy is currently working on a new collection of work entitled ‘The Modern Venus’. For further information about the artist, please visit their website www.poppyspapercuts.com
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