CUT designs, founded by Toronto-native Rebecca Thorpe, was born from a love of urban geography and minimalist design back in 2012. Specializing in city cartography, each map is drawn and hand cut out of high-quality cardstock with a precision x-acto blade and a lot of patience! Unlike laser-cut art, our pieces are a true labour of love - they can take any where from 2 to 32 hours of cutting time to complete. As each piece is hand cut, no two are alike, making every map truly one of a kind. Our current inventory boasts over 100 different geographical areas from around the world, including Toronto, London, Paris, NYC, Amsterdam, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Boston, Vancouver, New Delhi, Seattle, San Francisco, College campuses and many special neighbourhoods.
After a successful partnership with the CF Toronto Eaton Centre in 2018, CUT designs expanded its collection to include new designs based on geometry, nature and fun ephemera (like streetcars and Trash Pandas!) and continues to grow with each new challenge.
WHO'S THE ARTIST?
I fell in love with city geography from the saddle of my bicycle. When I'm not slicing up paper, you're most likely to find me hitting the pavement on my road bike for a long ride or hiking up a mountain till my quads are burning. I love strong coffee, old jazz, and am constantly experimenting with new ways to use (and recycle!) paper.
I've been fortunate to live and travel all over the world and develop an appreciation for the ways in which people move through urban spaces. You'll find that many of my maps contain those transitory routes - bike paths, walking trails, alley ways - that make beautiful cities even more unique.
My favourite part of the creative process is learning about makes my client's favourite city or neighbourhood special to them and trying to bring that out in my work.
Founder & Lead Designer