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Cut Paper Art with @mor__anna

To see more photos of Anna’s cut paper artwork, follow @mor__anna on Instagram.

For Swedish illustrator and designer Anna Olsson (@mor__anna), Instagram is an important part of her artistic process. She likes to capture and share creative inspirations such as nature, traditional crafts and geometric shapes. Anna fuses these elements together and transforms them into beautifully handcrafted artwork made out of colored papers, often painted with watercolor or acrylics.

"I use a paper cut technique that inspires and encourages me to reduce and simplify the motifs," says Anna. "I want my artwork to have a handmade expression. For example, scissor-cut edges and brush strokes."

Anna started using the camera app on her iPhone as a tool to snap samples of her work in progress. She takes photos of the assembled paper pieces and moves them around until she finds the right arrangement before gluing the pieces in place. Anna quickly saw the value in sharing these photos on Instagram as a way to collect reactions from others to further shape her work. “I discovered that Instagram is a great community to get responses and feedback,” she explains. “I really appreciate all the comments and likes I receive on my feed!”

Follow Friday: Visual Arts on Instagram

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The visual arts and Instagram are a match made in creative heaven. Every day galleries and museums take us behind the scenes, photographers share their craft, and painters and sculptors offer a peek into their processes. Here are a few of the visual artists and art institutions that have caught our team’s eye.

@jr_artist

Mysterious French “photograffeur” who won the Ted Prize in 2011. JR posts behind-the-scenes pictures of the installation of his massive photographs on public buildings. 

 

@arrestedmotion

Run by the founder and editor of ArrestedMotion.com, online magazine covering contemporary, low brow and street art. 

 

@toykio

German Pop/Street gallery sharing shots of their artists and artwork.

 

@osgemeos

Twin brothers and two of the world’s most famous graffiti artists. They post pictures of their work in progress, from the streets of São Paulo to the galleries of New York. 

 

The photo at the top is by @pietparra