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morning artwork: becca stadtlander + karen o’leary

good morning! i thought it would be nice to start today with some beautiful cut paper art and illustration by karen o’leary and becca stadtlander. becca stadtlander is an artist and illustrator whose work caught my eye almost immediately. there’s something about her use of color that reminds me of the jungle paintings of rousseau, who was a favorite of mine growing up. i love the way she plays with colors and seems to balance them so well- nothing feels overdone to me, just perfectly alive and bright. you can check out more of becca’s work on her blog or pick up a piece of her work on etsy right here ($20 for prints).

next up is karen, who creates hand cut city prints using maps of cities across the world. i was really drawn to her baltimore cutting above, but have a soft spot for the manhattan piece below, which is so clean and simple with its white background. karen takes custom orders, and can do pieces ranging from specific spaces (like hyde park) to full cities. karen sells her work in original cut form ($220+), original drawing form ($140), or print form ($35+) at her etsy shop right here.

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the maps are just gorgeous! i would love to see how they look framed/ hung…

Amanda W

Wow, so beautiful! I can’t imagine the precision necessary for the map cutouts. Where could I get the top illustration? I adore it and it’s not available on Becca’s etsy



the top piece is baltimore- it’s in her etsy shop :)

*if it’s not it’s possible it sold, in which case you can contact her on etsy to request another copy or a custom order



oh wow, those maps are fantastic! i wish i had that kind of patience!


Rousseau was also a favorite of mine! My grandmother was an avid art collector and always took me to museums. rousseau had the biggest impression on me as a child of any artist she took me to see. Becca’s work is very reminiscent. Thanks for bringing back some lovely memories!


Both amazing artists, thanks for sharing Grace!! :) And woohoo, both have Etsy shops!

Design Darling

karen’s work is AMAZING! the hand-cut city maps are incredible. thank you for the introduction to her work — i am blown away!


woah! those are amazing! why haven’t i seen this sooner?? i LOVE it!!


I can’t help but snatch up the idea of these map paper cuts! Stunning.

Mandeep Khunkhuna

I think Karen’s cut out map pieces are amazing. They really would have taken her a long time to create. It still works well with a map of the London, i thought it could look odd as the roads are not set out in blocks, like in the USA. Theresa is right it does make you want to snatch the idea and get out my Stanley knife to have a go. These are great pieces of art.

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