If you’ve ever cut a simple snowflake out of paper, you should be able to appreciate this incredibly intricate paper art by U.S.-based artist Maude White. The painstaking detail with which she cuts her beautiful illustrations out of paper is absolutely stunning.

Incredibly enough, White works by hand, using a craft knife to cut tiny lines and draw images with the paper’s empty negative space. “I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me,” the artist explains on her website. “Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries.

White is also the owner of the Brave Bird Paperwork And Jewelry company, so she does more than just cut out amazing paper illustrations. She sells her cuttings, as well as felt jewelry and other artworks, in  her online shop.

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