About John and his work

John Speight



My name is John Speight and I've been a professional papercut artist since 1990.
I am self-taught but happen to come from a family with a tradition of silhouette profile cutting. Although I'm the third generation in the line of silhouette artists, I chose not cut profiles like the others, and instead decided to create my own style.

I use a scalpel to cut my pictures. My personal view is that I would prefer to choose one tool and try to master it, rather than have a large range of equipment that I'm forever trying to get used to. So, twenty years or so ago, I chose a Swann-Morton scalpel with a 10A blade and have continued with that to this day

I currently work at my open studio at Kirkharle Courtyard in Northumberland, England. The studio is really a shop that I share with my wife's Spirit of Colour Jewellery business. We have arranged the layout so that I am working behind the counter where customers can watch me closely as I work.

Thank you for your interest in my work.

For more information please contact me.