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Scenes of the city

For the latest instalment of Tastemakers, we headed to Manchester to meet mother of two, and talented papercut illustrator, Lisa Rockall. She showed us around the city and took us to the places where she finds inspiration for her intricate papercut pieces. She has also created a set of original coasters that we’ll be giving away to one lucky reader. Read the full story below, it might just inspire your next creative venture.


The finer details of papercut

We sat down with Lisa to take a closer look at her papercut illustrations and find
out what it is about Manchester that inspires her.

How does Manchester inspire your work?

When I was at Manchester Metropolitan University, I spent a lot of time in the city centre, mainly the Northern quarter. It’s got a big art scene and there are some really cool bars and coffee shops. But I also love the peace and quiet of the canal walks that take you away from the busyness of it all, where I feel like I can de-stress and think with a clear head - that’s when most ideas pop into my mind.

What made you choose papercut as a method?

When I was studying Fine Art, I was encouraged to try as many different processes as possible. And when I tried papercut, I just couldn’t stop. It’s really versatile so you can experiment all the time and really progress with different ideas that kind of evolve on their own.

What are the benefits of this technique over using a mac, for example?

I’ve always liked making things, since I was a kid, and I love embellishment and really detailed art. I just get a satisfaction out of taking a sheet of paper, just like a scrap, nothing special, and turning it into whatever I want.

A lot of your work is based on fairytales, is story-telling an important part of your work?

I like my pieces to have a sort of atmosphere to them and, especially with my 3D stuff, I see it as creating little theatre sets. I started making 3D papercuts because I wanted to add more depth to my work and found that I could use shadows to get a really nice kind of enchanted feel.

What advice would you give to anyone looking for inspiration?

Sitting and staring at a blank page is the worst thing you can do. It’s much better to go and get some fresh-air, go for a walk and get away from it all. Then when you come back, grab a cup of coffee and let the ideas flow.

How does your Circolo coffee machine compare to the arty coffee shops in the Northern Quarter?

I think it’s just as good as coffee from a coffee shop and my friends and family were really impressed with it. I really like the espresso and the Chococino Caramel. They’re both delicious!


Win a set of
original coasters

For the chance to win Lisa’s Manchester-inspired coasters and some NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® Pods, follow @DolceGustoUk on Instagram and share what inspires you about where you live with #DolceGustoInspires before 20th September. Terms and conditions apply.

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Get creative over coffee

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Flavour of the Month

If Lisa’s work has inspired you to create a work of art, treat your creative side to a mug of Chococino Caramel. With its chocolaty layers and frothy top, it’s the perfect way to let your mind wander and find inspiration at home. As we’ve made it our Flavour of the Month, you can now find Chococino Caramel in selected stores as well as online, so don’t miss out.

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