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Why I Make: Pappercutting in the Philippines with Patrick Cabral

23 June 2020

Step inside the studio of Patrick Cabral in the Philippines and discover how he is raising awareness for endangered species through the endangered craft of papercutting. 

Part of the British Council's Why I Make film series for our global programme, Crafting Futures. Commissioned to celebrate craft and share maker's stories from around the globe; to inspire us and to show the value of craft in our history, culture and world today. From embroidery in Mexico to glassblowing in the UK and batik in Malaysia, find inspiration in the stories and work of these practitioners as they tell us, 'Why I Make'.

We caught up with Patrick after the outbreak of COVID-19, to find out how his practice has been affected and his thoughts for the future, read the interview here.


How can you get involved? #WhyIMake

Share the film to help celebrate papercutting and Patrick's work.

We want to hear from you. Share your story if you’re a craft practitioner, or if you’ve taken up a craft while at home - tell us why you make. #WhyIMake 

See the full film series on our YouTube channel here. 


About Patrick Cabral

Patrick Cabral is a freelance Art-director based in Manila, Philippines. He is known for his work in typography, applying traditional craft skills and sensibility to create contemporary and cutting-edge work.  

Visit Patrick's website
Find Patrick on Instagram and Facebook


Feeling Inspired? 

Find out more about papercutting and tutorials on YouTube and start creating your own compositions at home.