Artist of the Day: Nikki McClure



Nikki McClure is a wizard with an X-acto knife, and has singlehandedly given the cringe-inducing term "papercuts" a whole new meaning. She is known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful imagery, which she cuts from a single sheet of paper. Her work depicts the virtues of hard labor and patience (i.e. weathered hands washing dishes, people sweeping, mothers caring for their babies, and farmers working the land), and her artwork certainly requires those virtues as well. Large elements of celebration and the enjoyment in the simple pleasures of life and the earth are also depicted in her work. She regularly produces her own posters, books, cards, t-shirts, and a beloved yearly calendar. She also designs covers for countless records and books, including illustrations for magazines the Progressive and Punk Planet (R.I.P.). She is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996. McClure's ability to have a steady hand holding that oh-so-sharp X-acto knife absolutely mystifies me, and I can't wait to get my less adept paws on one of her prints!

To find out how to win a signed print by Nikki McClure, and to see more of her artwork, read more

Tune in later today to see the Nikki McClure print we'll be giving away to one lucky CasaSugar reader, and to learn how you can get a chance to win. To see more of Nikki's paper-cuts, click the images below.

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