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Jessica Palmer

Illustrator and Artist.  Drawings, book illustration, paper cuts, paper sculpture and collage.

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Jessica Palmer

Illustrator and Artist.  Drawings, book illustration, paper cuts, paper sculpture and collage.

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Jessica Palmer

Illustrator and Artist.  Drawings, book illustration, paper cuts, paper sculpture and collage.

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Jessica Palmer

Illustrator and Artist.  Drawings, book illustration, paper cuts, paper sculpture and collage.

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About

About

Jessica Palmer - Paper Artist & Illustrator

I am a paper artist – making cuts, collages and sculptures – and an FFillustrator.

My work is commissioned for public installations, advertising and marketing, design and decoration, books and magazines, websites and social media.

I have several best-selling published books and my work is exhibited internationally. I am the in-house illustrator for English Heritage. I also have a wide experience of working with museums as a Visiting Artist, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, New York Historical Society, Sir John Soane Museum, Museum of London, Holburne Museum in Bath, British Museum, Hampton Court Palace, Wallace Collection and National Portrait Gallery among many others. I am a visiting tutor at the Bristol Drawing School in the Royal West of England Academy and at Bath University’s creative space – The Edge.

If you would like to talk about commissioning me to create an artwork or to exhibit at an event, please email me atpalmerk@outlook.com.


Clients

  • Disney Pixar, US
  • Organic, UK
  • New York Historical Society, US
  • Skira Rizzoli, US
  • BBNC Publishers, The Netherlands
  • The Tower of London, UK
  • Waterstones, UK
Books

  • The Art of Papercutting (Search Press) 2015
  • Tangle Wood (Search Press) 2015
  • Tangle Bay (Search Press) 2016
  • Tangle Magic (Search Press 2016
  • Tangle Wood – Collectors Art Edition (Search Press) 2017
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Portfolio

Paper in 3D

I make paper objects by cutting with a scalpel knife but also by folding, crumpling, crushing, layering or by using papier-mache techniques. Paper comes in infinite textures, weights and colours and I choose carefully depending on the nature of the project and the techniques I’m going to apply.

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Paper Cuts and Collages

I draw with a knife and paint with paper. I combine the traditions of silhouetted images with extra line, pattern and emphasis. I also work with cut paper to create collages. 

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Illustrations

I make story-telling images with strong figurative and character elements, humour and lots of movement. I am inspired by the natural world – shells, seed heads, wild flowers, fossils – fabric design, stained glass windows, tapestries, fairy tales and folklore and historic artifacts.

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Books

The Art of Papercutting

The Art of Papercutting illustrates the multitude of ways in which a knife can be used for creating cut-paper art in portraits, fashion, landscapes, illustration and covers - even life drawing. The book also provides guidance for would-be paper cutters and includes twelve templates.

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Tangle Wood

- A Captivating Colouring Book with Hidden Jewels

As an alternative way for people to find their inner artist, Search Press have also published my first colouring book for grown-ups, Tangle Wood. Tangle Wood is a place to let your imagination wander. Draw and doodle in the airy spaces, and colour to your heart’s content. Packed with 75 pages of my illustrations, Tangle Wood is full of forest creatures, plants and woodland flowers and each page contains a hidden jewel.

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Tangle Bay

– An Enchanting Colouring Book with Hidden Treasure

The images in Tangle Bay all have a magical maritime theme, and each one includes hidden treasure worked into the design for readers to discover and colour in. Like Tangle Wood, this book includes designs that fit on a single page as well as those that extend across a double-page spread. Some have space left for the reader to extend the design themselves. High quality paper means that there is no show-through.

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Tangle Magic

– A spellbinding colouring book with hidden charms

The latest book in the Tangle series! The images all have a magical theme, and each one includes a hidden charm intricately worked into the design for readers to discover and colour in.  

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Tangle Wood Collector's Art Edition

- A Captivating Colouring Book with Hidden Jewels

A magical selection of illustrations chosen from the bestselling Tangle Wood, now published in a fresh, large-scale format for a sumptuous colouring experience.  This special collectors art edition contains 20 delightful pull-out images to colour in.  Each detailed artwork is printed on high-quality card that can be removed easily for framing. 

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Tiffany Glass Coloring Book

Celebrating the spectacular designs of Tiffany lamps at the New-York Historical Society (NYC’s oldest museum) this book contains sixty-five single-page and full-spread illustrations. You’ll find peonies, wisteria vines twisting over ponds, tulips, poppies and flowers of every design. A dragonfly is hidden in every drawing.

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Commissions

Would you like to commission a remarkable piece of art for yourself, or as a unique gift for someone you know?

Here’s my 4-step process for obtaining a unique artwork, whether it be a paper-cut or sculpture, a collage, or a drawing. It’s simple. It’s not time-consuming. And as I work collaboratively you get as much input as you want along the way.

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Step 1

Get in contact with me (email palmerk@outlook.com or give me a call on 01225-284598) and let me know what you have in mind. I’ll suggest ideas and possible cost.

Step 2

I’ll make an initial drawing for you. We’ll then talk about any changes you want to make. Once you’re happy with the design I’ll give you a firm quote and agree timescales.

Step 3

It will usually take between a couple of weeks from the drawing stage to the finished artwork.  It depends how complicated the paper cut is.

Step 4

I’ll complete the art piece and deliver it to you. A very happy beneficiary!

“Working with Jessica is a true collaboration. She understood my requirements and was full of helpful suggestions. We talked ideas through on the phone and within a day Jess had come up with five initial sketches. We quickly narrowed it down to one and, within a week, she had produced a cover that perfectly captures the essence of my book. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

By Mandy Curry, Author

“I commissioned Jessica to create a paper cut for a wedding. She did a magnificent job of working with me, and the piece has the magical quality that characterizes her work.”

By Sara G, Bath

“I absolutely adore my birthday present. I am blown away by it. I would buy this piece even if I wasn’t in it! This wonderful, amazing, beautiful window-portrait will bring much delight and debate to our gatherings with friends and family, and will take pride of place in our home.”

By Mark C, London

News & Events

OWLS THAT?

Just in case you missed it on TV, my Minerva Owl was one of those featured in the media launch for this year’s sculpture trail around the World Heritage city of Bath and surrounding area. I painted an Owl for my sponsors at Cumberwell Park, who have a major conservation programme to protect many of the birds, animals, trees and plants featured […]
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And to continue the bird theme…

Here are some paper birds that I just made for Tiffany & Co for their major new Paper Jewellery launch. Please do get in touch if you’d like to commission a piece of artwork, either for an organisation or for someone special.
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Two floral events in London you won’t want to miss

Tickets are selling fast for my paper art workshop at The Garden Museum in Lambeth on Sunday 15 July. This celebrates the work of painter plantsman Cedric Morris and tickets include entry to the special exhibition of his work currently being shown at the Museum. To book your tickets before they’re all sold out just click here. […]
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A CEDRIC MORRIS IRIS PAPER ART WORKSHOP

at the Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace on Sunday 15 July Continuing the theme of serenity, I do hope you’ll join me in this first-time workshop to celebrate the work of Cedric Morris at the historic Garden Museum in Lambeth, South London. Make your own delicate paper iris piece, inspired by the famous artist-plantsman, working with […]
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A very big thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to visit my open studio last weekend. Apart from the slight lull around Saturday lunchtime(something to do with a competing event in Windsor!) it was wonderful to see so many friends, as well as to make lots of new ones. It’s always such an inspiration to […]
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Are you looking for a unique gift?

This was a wedding gift, for a native New Yorker, which also became the design on all the wedding stationery. If you’d like to chat about a possible commission of your own just email me at palmerk@outlook.com
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