Voyo Woo is a paper-cutting artist based in Washington D.C. Born in a coastal city in Southeast China, she learned the traditional Chinese paper cutting at the age of 14. Voyo moved to the United States in 2008 and the new environment here has inspired her to create a new style of paper cutting. Voyo hand-draws and cuts every piece of her artwork.
Paper Cutting is one of the oldest art forms in the world with the oldest piece of paper cutting found 1,500 years ago in China.
I’m a paper cutting artist. I intend to make paper art that viewers can interact with or be emotionally involved with. A piece of paper is simple, plain and unflattering, but by taking out, bending, popping parts of the paper, with a little help of external lighting, the same piece of paper could project different shapes, reflect shades of shadows, create illusions, evoke emotions and memories. I hand-draw every piece before I cut with an x-acto knife. I use all kinds of paper, Chinese rice paper, illustration paper, tyvek, etc. I hand-cut every piece of work by myself. And then, assemble the paper with necessary tools such as wires and adhesives, to create the 3-dimensional effect.