Interview with Paper Artist Sam Pierpoint

Interview with Paper Artist Sam Pierpoint - Paper Bristol

It’s been a little while since we have had an interview grace Strictlypaper, and I am more than thrilled to share our interview and the incredible works of none other than Bristol based paper artist Sam Pierpoint. Her paper sculptures are astounding! The amount of detail that is carefully placed into each is truly unique. Sam also has an incredible range spanning advertising campaigns, magazine covers, editorials, installations, set design, product packaging and window displays. We have already had the opportunity to see some of this range through her Christmas campaign for Bristol. All in all her works are well thought out visual masterpieces, so I implore you to enjoy this look into Sam Pierpoint.

Interview with Paper Artist Sam Pierpoint - Ten Miles East

Tell us a little more about your background – what path led you to what you are doing now?
I studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Nottingham Trent University and it was my university art shop which was solely responsible for my love of paper. They sold amazing patterned, textured and beautifully coloured paper which looked like it had come from all over the world. I bought a lot of it without knowing what I was going to do with it so naturally it started finding its way into my work. First through collage, then flat work with raised paper layers then that led to the full on 3d work.

I now create paper sculptures which are used mainly for advertising campaigns and events in their digital and physical form.

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I have to admit I’m a bit obsessed with your work. It has a very broad range, from large scale set designs to pop-up books or even to your more recent wine bottle designs. Do you have a favorite in particular that you like working on in terms of a project?

Aww thanks very much! :) I honestly enjoy all of it! I love making my trademark floating island sculptures because I have more of a solid process when making them but equally I get great enjoyment out of experimenting in order to expand my skill set and to keep my work looking fun and fresh.

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Is there something that you are currently working on, or that you are excited about starting that you can tell us about?
Unfortunately I can’t share what I’m working on at the moment, I’ve been sworn to secrecy! I’ll definitely shout out about it as soon as I’m allowed though!

Interview with Paper Artist Sam Pierpoint - Jetstar Editorial

Digital or Analog?
Analog of course!

What can we expect from your future works?
It would be great to make some more stop-motion work because it’s so satisfying seeing my work come to life! Paper-cut tv commercials are so popular at the moment and I will never get bored of watching them. It would be the most amazing feeling to turn the tv on and see my work dancing about on the screen at some point in the near future!

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What is the average time for a piece start to finish? What tools do you use?
I’d say about two weeks for most of the 3d sculpture work I do. Smaller layered pieces can take from 3 days to a week depending on the detail.

What place in the world most inspires you and why?
There are so many places in the world where I’d love to go, many of which I have taken inspiration from! One of those places is the Galápagos Islands! It’s the number one treasure trove of unique weird and wonderful creatures and plant life. It would be fascinating to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and discover some of the worlds most unique wildlife for myself.

The fact that there are birds there with big blue feet and they are called Boobies is enough to make it a place worth visiting!

Interview with Paper Artist Sam Pierpoint - El Jimador Tequila Campaign

If you could work with any artist dead or alive who would that be and why?
I’m crazy about the Tattooed Bakers at the moment. They create high impact edible art from 14ft Gingerbread Houses to life-size rainbow-filled Unicorns and they mostly with clients in the fields of marketing, media and PR. Art + Cake brings out the child in everyone and it must be the ultimate job!

I’d also love to work with Pip and Pop. She creates immersive installations and artworks from an eclectic range of materials including sugar, glitter, candy, plastic flowers, everyday craft materials and all sorts of objects she finds on her travels.

Theres definitely a food theme going on here… I do love food!

What was your first obsession?
My first obsession was frogs! When I was a child I used to go ‘frogging’ down the bottom of the garden with a large bucket and would sit for hours elbow deep in pond water waiting for a frog to pop its head up before catching it and putting it in the bucket. At the end of the day I’d count the frogs and put them back in the pond. I was a bit of an odd kid.

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Is there anymore information you would like to share with our viewers?
If you’d like to be kept up to date with my new work you can sign up to my mailing list by visiting sampierpoint.com and going to the contact page. Or say hello on twitter @sampierpoint.

Interview with Paper Artist Sam Pierpoint - Visit Bristol

Sam, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and share your work and process with us. We look forward to more of your astounding work in the future. To our viewers, be sure to post below with your thoughts and if you know of any artists that work in the realm of paper that you would like to be interviewed be sure to shoot us an e-mail.

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