Friday, 30 November 2012

Fish tiles

I'm working on a book which will be published in Jan 2013.
It's an index of seafood in seven languages. 
I've been working on a pattern design for the endpapers. It's taken me two days to draw.
Inspired by Portuguese ceramic tiles, combined with the theme of sea & fishes, here is my vector-drawn tile design…

© Charlotte Vogel 2013

Monday, 26 November 2012

Sunday, 25 November 2012

2013 Paper-cut calendar project

I'm so pleased that several people have already tried out the paper-cut calendar project. I've received some lovely pictures and feedback! 

My friend Nat:
"It's rather addictive, and rather beautiful!"

My Mum:

"After a few wobbles I got into the swing of it and got more confident and quicker. It took me a good couple of hours to finish. The cutting tip was very useful. The hole punch would not take all the sheets so I had to divide it into 3 sections – it lines up near enough! I'm very happy with my first attempt. It was addictive – I didn't want to stop until I had finished!"

This template is available in my DaWanda shop in English and German.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Call for volunteers!

I have put together a template & instruction document so that you can make my A5 cut out calendar at home…

If you are able to cut out shapes with a scalpel, then you will be able to make this.
The design is graphic and geometric, using overlapping lettering to create a random and interesting composition each month. 
This is a rewarding project which can be completed in under 2 hours. Cutting out can be very relaxing – put some music on, get a warm drink and let your mind wander as you slice along the lines and create an impressive piece of work which will be admired all year! 
The finished item would make a lovely handmade gift for Christmas or New Year. You choose the colours, so you can make it fit with any colour scheme.

The PDF contains instructions, tips, and layouts to make an A5 wall calendar.
In addition to the document, you will need:
• 7 sheets of A4 paper in any contrasting colours of your choice, 100–200 gms.
• A4 printer with black ink
• Scalpel with a fresh blade
• Metal ruler
• Cutting mat
• Strong hole punch
• 20cm of string or ribbon

It’s available in English or German. 
You can print as many as you like, but please note, this is for personal use only and not for commercial use. Because this is a PDF you will need Adobe Reader to view the file. You can download it for free at

This item will be on sale in my 
 DaWanda shop 

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Some amazing things from Manchester

I can't post all the amazing things I saw in Manchester because there were just too many. These are the main highlights:

Manchester Art Gallery: First Cut Exhibition
Rob Ryan's sensational paper cut – one of many stunning pieces. Click images to enlarge.

David Shrigley: HOW ARE YOU FEELING?

Fifty Years Of A Clockwork Orange

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Monday, 12 November 2012

Working cogs birthday card

I made an interactive birthday card / sculpture. I had great trouble making cogs that worked – I underestimated the complexity of making out of paper something that is simple in theory! 
But in the end everything worked as I indented: you turn the top disk anticlockwise and the message is revealed from right to left.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Baby Bunting

One of my friend's second child was born last week. I made her a cute pink name banner. But as I was wrapping it I considered her older brother might be feeling left out. So I made him a cute blue one too. I hope he doesn't think it's too girly for him. 

Friday, 2 November 2012

Día de los Muertos

My token to celebrate the Day of the Dead 2012: A Mexican sugar skull card. It is intended to be displayed with the spine towards the viewer.