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Laser-Cut Fairy

August 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday I was practising my knife skills by cutting out a design based on a Cicely Mary Barker fairy. Today I had a go with the laser cutter:

flower fairy papercutting

flower fairy papercutting – cut with a knife

flower fairy laser cut

flower fairy – laser cut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was doing some research on CMB, and I think she lived in Storrington, which is sort of down the road from me.

She died in 1973 and her work is still in copyright, so these pieces are for my own enjoyment and I won’t be developing any for sale. I might try to find where her ashes were scattered though, and leave a couple of fairies there…

Non-Laser-Cut Papercutting

August 20, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve joined the Guild of American Papercutters (I couldn’t find a British one). To practise my knifey skills I have temporarily eschewed the laser cutter and have had a go at making one of Cicely Mary Barker’s flower fairies:

flower fairy papercutting

flower fairy papercutting

 

I’ve accidentally torn quite a few of the delicate lines though, so it might be time to go back to the laser cutter!

Paperwork – the fun kind

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment

My papercutting adventures continue. The last couple of days I have been adapting more art nouveau flowers from Polly Pinder’s book and have been cutting the designs from white paper with a craft knife (the pictures below are scans of the actual pieces):

bell-flower on white paper

bell-flower thing

daffodil on white paper

daffodil on white paper

daisy on white paper

daisy on white paper

lily of the valley on white paper

lily of the valley on white paper

tulips on white paper

tulips on white paper

rose on white paper

rose on white paper

In search of inspiration

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Now that I’ve finished the 7MSN laserschnitt piece I am wondering what my next big project should be. But <…sigh…> nothing really leaps out and grabs me like that one did.

So in the meantime while I continue my quest for a new major subject I am just going to keep playing with paper and polymer clay and see what I can discover.

The other day I bought a copy of  “Art Nouveau Flower Designs” by Polly Pinder.

polly pinder art nouveau book

Polly Pinder book as seen on Amazon

I’ve made some papercuts adapted from some of her line drawings:

rose on black paper

rose on black paper

rose2 on black paper

rose2 on black paper

rose3 on black paper

rose3 on black paper

It is very relaxing and therapeutic, cutting paper with a craft knife.

Thank you!

February 13, 2013 2 comments

A huge THANK YOU to everyone for their kind comments about the 7MSN scherenschnitt that Linda Carson featured on her blog on Tuesday. I am so glad she liked it, and am sending her the original.

I actually wanted to send it to her for Christmas, but I couldn’t think of a way of saying “Hi – I am a big fan of your blog and want to send you something” without sounding like a stalker, so I chickened out.

My husband thought (thinks) I was nuts for spending so many hours on making a picture about someone else’s blog, but it really did seem to almost create itself. And I loved the idea of creating traditional homestead art by using new technology. In fact, some of the design is so delicate that it would have been impossible to cut with scissors or a knife, e.g. the vine that is trailing out of the cow’s skull:

close-up of vine

Over the last few days people have been asking if they can buy copies of the artwork, so I’ve been thinking about what to do. I don’t want to churn out lots of identical copies, because they wouldn’t feel special. I also don’t want to profit from them without giving Linda Carson something in return. So here is my suggestion:

Remember the giant egg story? Well, I think there is room (just about!) for that egg to appear in the artwork. So what I’m proposing to do is to make a limited number of copies of the “7MSN Laserschnitt”, and for the three eggs (medium, large, and mutant) to appear in a different place in each version. That way if anyone does decide to buy a copy, they will know that they are receiving their own unique piece, and nobody else will have one exactly the same.

scherenschnitte with mutant egg included

egg-sample of how it will look

And of course I will arrange to donate half of any profits to Linda and the herd, because without them I would have just had a blank piece of paper.

18 Feb 2013 update: I have now put some copies on Etsy here