Jessica Halmshaw

Is a paper artist & illustrator based in Leiden, NL

Hello! I'm Jessica. Paper enthusiast and hopeful thinker.

Since 2015 I have been creating papercut art. First in the hilly North East City of Durham, UK and for the past 3 years in Leiden, the Netherlands.


Throughout this journey I have enjoyed telling the stories of the cities I have lived in, the people I have met and the cultures I have experienced.


Whether that be watching the historic miners gala from the deteriorating 16th century window of the art gallery I managed whilst developing my signature paper style. 


Or sitting in an eetcafé, eating borrel (deep fried Dutch snacks!), watching cyclists live their lives and move their lives on that one piece of machinery, that in the UK is usually reserved for exercise, not for transporting furniture, art and children!  

These do have one thing in common though... windows. I hope that through my pictures you gain a window to another life, another place,  or maybe even another world.

For the past year I have been exploring new avenues to my work and re-igniting my artistic drive. I have been teaching yoga at Flow of Life Yoga and working in new mediums. You can keep up to date on my new work via instagram or facebook.


The next stage of this journey belongs to the South coast of the UK, where I will be living from September.


I am thankful for all the people who have supported me, helped me grow and bought my work over the last 5 years. For those who saw the heart that I put into my pieces.

My work is always available to purchase via my shop and bespoke papercuts are welcome. If you have an idea, I can do it! Please see the bespoke art page above. 


Feel free to say hi at:



The Kemble Gallery


House of Items


2018- 2019

Hortus Botanicus

Galerie Zone

WOW Duurzam Design


Schapensteeg 10, 2312DB, Leiden, NL   |

© 2020 by Jessica Halmshaw

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