Free papercutting template

With everything that is currently going on and our need to social distance and keep ourselves occupied at home I have decided to make one of my papercutting templates available for FREE download. This template features 2 pot plant designs and a set of instructions so you can make your very own papercut.

I think it’s important to keep a positive mindset during these difficult times and doing something creative is a really fun way to keep yourself occupied and the good vibes rolling. I’ll also be putting up a video tutorial for one of the designs featured in this template on my instagram so make sure you check it out.

To get started simply download my Papercut Pot Plant Instructions and Templates and away you go. I’d also love to see your creations so please tag me in any photos. Happy papercutting everyone!

Upcoming workshops – Mindful Mandalas

I’m excited to announce I will be running two workshops at Gallery 1855 in late April/early May. In both workshops you will learn the intricate art of paper cutting whilst creating a papercut  mandala. I’ll be running some shorter sessions aimed at teens where I will teach you all the tips and tricks of papercutting and you’ll cut out one of my original templates. The second workshop is a little longer and aimed at those 16+ years where you’ll also have the option to design your own mandala.

This workshop is a great introduction to paper cutting in which I will demonstrate cutting techniques and discuss the various skills used to create wonderful patterns and shapes. The repetitive actions of this workshop provide a focused and mindful space, as you use the scalpel to to slowly reveal your mandala once cut at a time.

For more information or to book please see the links below.

Papercutting mandalas for teens

When: Friday 24 April 2020 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm with a second workshop at 3:30pm – 5pm

Where: Gallery 1855, 2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully

Suitable for teens, strictly 12-16 years

Safety considerations: participants must be confident with using a sharp scalpel

Cost:  $10 – click here to book

Mindful Mandalas

When: Friday 1 May 2020 at 10am – 2:30pm

Where: Gallery 1855, 2 Haines Road, Tea Tree Gully

Suitable for participants 16 years and over

Cost:  $30 – click here to book


Papercuts – SALA exhibition

Gummibarchen, 2019, hand cut Fabriano Accademia paper, spray paint, photo by Morgan Sette


This SALA festival I’m excited to be bringing a curated collection of works to the Barossa Valley for my exhibition Papercuts. Taking place in the newly opened Barossa Campus this exhibition will feature a range of paper artworks in varying styles – all with intricate patterns and designs hand cut by yours truly!

Please join me for the opening event or pop in to view Papercuts during the month of August.


Opening event: Friday 16 August, 5pm – 7pm

Venue: Barossa Campus, Level 1, Chateau Building, 30 – 38 Barossa Valley Way, Nuriootpa S.A 5355

Exhibition dates: 1 August – 30 August, Monday – Firday 9:30am – 4:00pm


Exhibition enquireies: [email protected]

Venue enquiries: [email protected]


Photo – Gummibarchen, 2019, hand cut Fabriano Accademia paper, spray paint, photo by
Morgan Sette


Inside Out

As a society so often consumed with outward appearances and notions of physical beauty, it is easy to forget to appreciate our ‘insides’. In this exhibition, delicate hand cut paper works will seek to bring the inside out and emphasise the inherent beauty of the body, in all its parts and forms.


Venue: The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Opening night – Thursday 7 March, 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition open from 8 – 31 March

In this exhibition, emerging artists Janaki Lele and Ellen Schlobohm explore cultural and personal connections to paper art and papercutting. These art forms have evolved under different styles within many cultures the world over, and the artists reflect on these traditions through their respective heritages, cultural identities and experiences. Creating intricate and beautiful contemporary works that re-imagine the papercutting traditions of Sanjhi (India) and Scherenschnitte (Germany), in the artists will invite audiences to share in their skills and passion for paper.

Opening February 14 at 6pm at Nexus Arts

February 15 – March 22
Open Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm


Traditional Papercutting workshop

WHEN: March 16, 11am – 4pm

WHERE: Nexus Arts Gallery

COST: $79, all materials included

This workshop reflects on the traditions of Sanjhi (India, 16th Century), a spiritual and devotional stenciling technique used to create ceremonial floor decorations with pigments (Rangolis), and Scherenschnitte or “scissor cuts” (Germany, 16th Century), a papercutting folk art tradition of silhouettes, love letters and valentines.

The workshop will begin with an artist talk from paper artist Ellen Schlobohm about her current body of work. Guided by Ellen, students will then get to try their hand at scherenschnitte and working from provided templates create their own papercuts using scalpels.

Janaki Lele will then take participants through traditional paper cut designs towards the creation of Sanhji, or ceremonial floor stencils. These will then be used to create ceremonial floor decorations with pigments (Rangolis) for the exhibition closing event on March 22.

Please note this a 14+ event and a minimum of 10 bookings will be required for workshop to proceed. To book please click here.


Artist Talk

WHEN: March 21, 5pm

WHERE: Nexus Arts Gallery

COST: Free

Janaki Lele and Ellen Schlobohm will reflect on their exhibition in this artist talk. Both artists will delve into the ideas behind their work and their experience of undertaking a residency at Nexus Arts.

For more information please contact Nexus Arts.


Closing Event

WHEN: March 22, 5pm

WHERE: Nexus Arts Gallery and courtyard.

COST: Free

Come along to our closing event to help us celebrate We will be decorating the gallery with Rangolis, ceremonial floor decorations, using stencils and pigments and we’d love for you to give it a go! There will also be live music and Nexus will launch their Visual Arts program.

For more information please contact Nexus Arts.


Hey there…

I’m so excited to share with you my beautiful new website! It’s been some time in the making with lots of stops and starts and plenty of cups of tea. Included here are photos of my artwork, both old and new. A lot of the work is available for purchase so if something catches your eye don’t hesitate to get in touch via my contact page. You’ll also find information about upcoming exhibitions and workshops as well as other news.

So here is a little about me and my practice – I am an Adelaide based paper artist who has been working in paper since 2008. My work is created by meticulously cutting away paper to leave behind delicate tableaus. I am drawn to paper as a medium for its simplicity and strength. My work often includes botanical imagery and patterns and I love to watch this humble material come alive as each cut is made. Over the years my papercuts have become increasingly intricate and I have started experimenting with technique and scale. At times I also incorporate printmaking, installation and jewellery into my practice.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my new website. To keep in the loop about what I’ve got going on you can sign up to my mailing list at the bottom of the page or check back here for the latest updates.