Come along and meet the artists behind our stationery collections! Today we are saying hello to Su Blackwell, long-time Roger la Borde collaborator (since 2010!) and established fine artist who works with paper, creating stunningly intricate sculptures and installations. You will find her work in our Scissors Paper Tree range, where we have turned her artwork into the most magical lasercut greeting cards and illustrated journals.

Aside from Roger la Borde, Su has published an exquisite book of fairy tales, designed fabric for Liberty, and exhibited work widely (including the prestigious RA Summer Show in London where we were thrilled to spot her instantly recognisable work). Read on for a Q&A in Jane's Words:

Where do you work? I work from my studio in Hastings, which overlooks the Old Town, with views of the sea and Hastings Castle on the West Hill. 

What is your process and where do you find inspiration? I’m known for making artworks from old books and paper. My inspiration comes from the stories within the books. I’m particularly drawn to folk tales and fairy stories, and I find my books in charity shops and second-hand book shops across the UK.

With a scalpel blade, I cut out intricate words and pieces of paper from the pages to create my three-dimensional dioramas. My works are then photographed by a photographer, and it is these photographs that are licensed to Roger la Borde.


Which is your favourite design from your Roger la Borde collection? Roger la Borde release new designs and different colourways every year. I love the lockable journals, but my favourite products are the lasercut greeting cards. Their designs are so clever and intricately cut, I feel they really elevate my work. They are mini artworks in themselves.

Describe your work in five words: Poetic, Intricate, Detailed, Whimsical, Painstaking


See Su’s Roger la Borde range HERE

Visit Su’s website HERE

Thank you so much, Su!

Helena Maratheftis
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