Stacy-Ann Dennison explores kirigami
Nashauna Drummond, Lifestyle Coordinator
Having worked in the field of architecture, designing is nothing new for Stacey-Ann Dennison.
"The interest developed when I visited Chicago for an architectural study tour in 2008. While sightseeing at the Farnsworth House (designed by Master Architect Mies Van Der Rohe), I went into the gift store and fell in love with a pop-up card of the same house, and bought the card as a souvenir," she told Flair.
"Every time I inspected the card, the question 'how could I make a card like this?' came to mind. So I did a lot of research into the craft and realised the technique was called Kirigami - the art of folding and cutting paper. Since then, my love and interest for paper art grew! I purchased books and did more research on designs for the cards. Then I started making cards for friends and co-workers."
She noted that the first 'public' display of her cards was one she made for her sister for a bridal shower. "Ever since then, the demand has been growing and evolving into more intricate and interesting designs."
She noted that even in this age of instant messaging and emails, there are still persons who appreciate the value and personal touch of a card. "For as long as I can remember, my grandmother has always given me a card for my birthday. They were comical and funny cards at first, but now she gives me cards expressing motivation and encouragement on life matters. So you can say I have been drawn to cards. But what stole my heart was the introduction of a three-dimensional card," said Dennison.
She explained that the level of difficulty in making a card is determined by the design.
"There may be layers that need to be cut and folded into the design, but generally it isn't too difficult now because I am constantly practising and researching. Each time I do a card, I learn different techniques, even though it may take a few hours to perfect a design. I am always happy when my clients are ecstatic about the final result."
Some of her designs are original, others are inspired by clients' requests.
"I do a lot of customisation for clients, as this allows them to express their sentiments to loved ones, friends and their clients on a personal level."
Dennison's cards are currently marketed by word of mouth and through social-networking websites. She has set up a Facebook page for her business.
She also attends fairs and bazaars, like Market at the Lawn to exhibit her work. So far, she has participated in two Market at the Lawn events, and she notes that the public interest shown at these events has been encouraging.
She noted that most persons purchase cards only on special occasions such as Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, birthdays and Christmas, but she wants to change that.
"I intend to change that view by making cards and doing paper craft for invitations, congratulations, expressions of love, etc. That is my goal for the future."