“Using a pair of scissors may not be the expected way to make a piece of artwork. But intricate designs can be created by cutting and snipping into a piece of paper”.


My interest in paper-cutting originates from childhood summer holidays spent with my family in Poland.  Papercuts, known as Wycinanki, influenced my first experiments and began a now life-long passion for paper-cutting.  I start by hand cutting an original design and take it from there. The tools I uses are simple: cutting mat, scissors, paper-clips, and books to act as paperweights.


Born in London in 1951 Irena completed her MA in Art and Design at the University of Plymouth. She has worked as a registered artist with DAISI (Devon Arts in Schools Initiative) and has received commissions as Artist in Residence in schools, museums and outreach centres.  She has taught art to children and adults of all ages, abilities and/or sensory impairment. 

Irena has lived and worked as an artist in Devon for most of her life.  Combining her career in art and special needs teaching in Exeter and East Devon. She has also worked as a library and information assistant in Braunton and Exmouth.  Irena now devotes her time to developing her creative talents and following her passion that is papercutting, also working in watercolour and mixed media.  Irena shares her skills by giving talks about papercutting and demonstrating techniques to groups and societies. She runs papercutting workshops and works to commission from her studio at home.

Irena has participated in Devon Open Studios and held solo shows for the National Trust.  Her work has been selected for SWAc Open Exhibitions.  Irena exhibits regularly in local art events and exhibitions.  She is a member of Exmouth Art Group, of which she is a past President.

“Cutting paper is an intuitive and fascinating process, the result is immediate yet the detail only emerges when you put the scissors down and unfold the finished piece.”

Irena Boobyer

Please contact me if you would like to discuss a commission, or arrange a talk or demonstration.