helen friel

Helen Friel’s work with paper makes me want to stop what I’m doing and take a class in paper art. I’m not sure if it’s my chubby child hands or just a lack of general dexterity, but I’ve never been able to master delicate paper cutting in a way that leads to incredible artwork like this (I can cut a mean paper doll chain, though). I’ve covered Helen’s work before (and her home), but these designs represent the work she’s been doing since then, which includes projects for clients like Vanity Fair (the jewelry story above and below), Tatler and Harrods. My favorites are above and below, but you can see more of Helen’s recent work right here (photographs by Chris Turner). Thanks to Helen for sending this over. xo, grace


WOW! I am excited when I can cut a straight line. I wonder if this is all created as she goes or if she is modeling the designs after an actual image. Both are impressive but the first way would truly be amazing.

Sharon Turner

What incredible talent, patience, attention to details and imagination! This was a real pleasure to view. Thank you for making it available.