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How did You get started with paper and scissors?
It all started while I was making an illustration for a book, and my computer broke down. I began to mess around with some coloured paper I had, and I was instantly hooked. To this day, my favourite pair of scissors is still from that specific moment.

Your work revolves mainly around women and erotic images – has it been like that from the beginning?
Not really. And I don’t really think in erotic terms while I make them. It’s more the tension, humour and mysticism that attracts me.

Has it been a steady developing of your technique or did You at some point start to be more focused on technique, tools, etc.?
Yes. For example, I’ve been using the same expensive (and hard to get) glue for years, thinking it was the only way to do it. But recently, I tried a more common brand of glue, and not only is it easier to work with, but it has also opened up to more possibilities. And of course, there is always more paper to discover out there…

How is your state of consciousness when You work – do you think a lot or are You just thoughtless in the moment with the paper and scissors?
Both. Sometimes I can work on an idea for days, but some of the work I’m most proud of are the ones that happened by accident. I’m a trained designer, so I guess that influences my method.

Favourite paper?
I usually work with all kinds of paper from 120 to 250 gram.

Weapon of choice?
Finnish scissors!

Any advice to emerging paper cutters?
I would start by cutting something from a sketch or a magazine. And the first moment you feel the scissor as an extension of your hand, you’re hooked!

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