Texts with all the paper cut away

Artist Annie Vought produces remarkable pieces by carefully handwriting texts on huge sheets of paper and then painstakingly carving away all the non-inked parts with a very, very sharp knife.

I work primarily with cut paper and communication through writing. I believe handwritten records are fragments of individual histories– expressions of self that very much bring forth the truth of our inner lives. In the penmanship, word choice, and spelling the author is revealed in spite of him/herself. A letter is physical confirmation of who we were at the moment it was written, or all we have left of a person or a period of time. I also think a lot about the relationship between the public and the private, or more specifically about how the private side of ourselves can be made public. I want to be respectful of people, but I recognize that I’m actively exposing them through their written communications. But in the exposure is a vulnerability we all share. I’m interested in human relationships, overall— the ones we have with ourselves and others.

new cut paper messages by annie vought (Designboom)

Annie Vought (In the Make)

(via Colossal)


    1. And completely unnecessary.

      1 Take picture of hand lettered page

      2 Mask and cut out white parts in PShop

      3 Import into AutoCAD variant

      4 Extrude a small amount for depth

      5 Use 3D printer to print in black abs

      6 Use the shitload of time saved to enjoy life

      1. Speaking of unnecessary.

        1. Are you out of your mind?
        2. Do you understand what the word art is?
        5. How many meals have you enjoyed where you ate a photograph of food?
        6. When you travel do you spend your entire trip looking at photographs in a travel book vice looking out a window?

        Your comment completely misses the point of her art.

  1. There’s gotta be an easier way to make those – with science lasers or something.  Or have I missed the point?

    1. I was just thinking the same. In a few months she’ll be complaining about all the knock off laser cut versions from China.

    1. I imagine she’s very OCD and a clean freak.  There is no way someone this detail-oriented and patient is not OCD.

  2. I’d like to see a crowd sourced version where people playing a Diabl0-like click-fest game are hooked up to lasers that pew pew the paper away. Because that would be even more insane.

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