I remember my grandmother bringing home paper cutting pieces from one of her trips abroad. I don’t know where she got them from, but I remember they were sweet, little black and white pandas placed carefully in tissue paper. I remember the ceremony involved in looking at them because of how delicate they were: the crinkling sound the tissue paper made as I opened it up, and seeing just the corner of the paper cut piece before the entire piece was revealed. When I saw Bailu’s work in my feed I was instantly transported to my grandmother’s Brooklyn apartment poring over her intricate paper cut treasures. I knew I had to interview Bailu to get the inside scoop on why and how she creates these incredibly beautiful designs.
Let’s meet her!
How would you describe your paper cutting shop + style?
How did you get started paper cutting?
What do you love about paper cutting?
What drives you crazy about paper cutting?
I love everything about it.
What craft would you like to try other than paper cutting?
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wanted to open an online handmade shop?
As a new one in the area, I guess it’s useful to learn from the experience of the successful shop owners. Also, some professional articles in the areas such as accounting and financing are also really helpful. As a starter, I have a lot to learn.
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What inspires you, or how do you keep your creative mojo going?
Where can we find your paper cutting shop?
Isn’t her work absolutely beautiful? She’s right when she says that the process is a bit of magic. I just love the videos she shares in her Instagram feed and highly recommend that you check those out!
Some housekeeping: There will not be an interview the first week of September. It’s a holiday weekend here, and I’ll be away with family for the weekend. I also shared some seriously exciting and transformative news on my podcast, if you want to be in the know check out the Planned Not Scripted podcast episode titled, B is for Beautiful!