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This original papercut was hand-cut using XACTO knives over the period of three months. It depicts the bare branches of a Linden tree. This piece has approximately 25,000 holes in it and is the most detailed papercuts I have attempted, and one of the most detailed papercuts available anywhere. It measures 30x20 inches and ships framed with UV glass

Branches was a participant in the 2011 ArtPrize, the world's largest art competition, and placed in the top 25 of its neighborhood in top 125 overall out of over 1,500 pieces of art.

While on display at artprize, Branches received the following review:

"Close inspection is also required for the most quietly fantastical work on display, “Branches.” This black cut-paper work is by Joseph Bagley of Dorchester, Mass. As if looking out a large second story window on a stark winter day, Bagley presents an extraordinary webbing of branches, large and small, in a dazzling silhouette. The technical virtuosity of a dazzling object this complex cut from a single sheet of paper is spellbinding, but ultimately the power of the work is visual. The economy of form, composition and monochrome splendor stays with you for a long, long time." - Joseph Becherer, The Grand Rapids Press

All of my pieces are one continuous piece of paper, meaning all parts of the design interconnect. I use Studiotac, an archival adhesive, to mount the papercut to the white illustration board background.

This piece is custom framed in a beautiful black frame that is approximately one inch wide and one inch deep. It is classic and compliments the piece perfectly. The piece will arrive framed.

I am a professional papercutter, meaning my income comes from my artwork. My work has been shown in galleries and museums across the country. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the Guild of American Papercutters.

Please do not hesitate to convo me with questions about this piece, and please follow me on Facebook, I'm constantly posting progress photos of my latest pieces http://www.facebook.com/papercutsbyjoe


Branches Papercut, original hand-cut 30x20 paper art


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: black paper, studio tac, illustration board, frame, UV glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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