Paper Panda started in 2010, with Louise Firchau making typographical lyrical papercuts from recycled paper. Since then PP has grown significantly and now has a number of very distinct styles and a multitude of merchandise so that everyone can have a piece of the original bear.
The original typographical pieces are created using digital software. Louise studied typography at university and it became an obsession. "There is nothing more satisfying than creating a piece of graphic art using amazing fonts and hand cutting it so perfectly that no matter what the size it looks like it's been printed."
The Storybook series (and other gothic darkness) is a cute collaboration between Mr & Mrs Panda. Louise tells Ryan what to draw with a waggy, pointy finger over his shoulder and only when he gets it perfectly right she cuts it out of paper. It's a good bit of teamwork.
The 'Woodland Friends' series of papercuts have been hand drawn and hand cut by Louise. They are inspired by Quarwood, where the Panda family lived in a little cottage in the Cotswolds surrounded by animals and woodland life. These have now also developed into a cute series of motivational sketches.
Paper Panda has it's own extensive range of giftware that can be found in the online shop including an amazing 'Guest Artist' section, as well as it's own Papercutting and Swapping/Selling Facebook groups.
Everything that has been created is either made in house, or by small UK businesses wherever possible. Louise has taught thousands of people to papercut through online groups using our papercutting starter kit (also available in the shop).