Jacky Cheng is at a Crossroads Between Paper Art and Paper Architecture

Jacky Cheng’s paper cut art is the result of her clever layering techniques – techniques that wholly rely on her background in architecture. Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, but put architecture on hold in order to pursue her other love: art creating.

Now based in Australia, her work itself revolves around paper, using sometimes a large sheet of paper which she layers inwards, and other times a tiny piece of paper which she works outwards. But most often than not it’s a combination of both – inwards and outwards layering – depending on what the design needs. This technique is sometimes regarded by Cheng as “paper weaving”.

“I often regard the style as a topographic technique, as they really do resemble the natural layers of our environment,” she explained in an interview with Strictly Paper. “The idea of layering became more apparent when I started to draw with my penknife,” she added. This process includes cutting and layering one layer after another, “no drawn plans, no guide, just the knife, paper, and glue.”

Enjoy her work in the gallery below.