Provenance

My Love Affair with Paper Cutting

The illustrations for the children’s story of The Tree and the Moon was the beginning of my love affair with paper cutting.
When asked to illustrate this story, half of which takes place at night and in black and white, I opted for blue and white; saturated watercolor in cobalt and paper cutting, some white, some blue. To my mind paper cutting is merely an elaborate form of drawing.
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This book led to fine art collages, which have morphed into fabric design.

All of the art work shown here is either in private collections or sold. However some of the work is available in high quality giclee prints.

 

If you are interested please contact me at greenlotusfabricdesign@gmail.com 

or call 707-570-2511. I will be happy to help you.

The Tree & the Moon
The Tree & the Moon

The cover for the book, The Tree and the Moon, the original of which includes silver leaf and rhinestones

The Lady who Pulls out the Tide
The Lady who Pulls out the Tide

One of my favorite images and a HUGE learning curve given all the free-floating stars in the sky and bubbles in the ocean that I had to keep track of.

Flying into the farmyard
Flying into the farmyard

A compliment from a friend who is a fabulous painter..this was his favorite of all the illustrations.

Jellies
Jellies

A large 3-D piece using fauxing techniques as well as paper cutting and painting. Add to that a sprinkling of mercury flakes from an old mirror.

Jellies II
Jellies II

Adding more color to the jellies, this after a trip to the beautiful Monterey Bay aquarium.

Moon over the Sea of Japan
Moon over the Sea of Japan

I used phases of the Moon, silver leaf backing, the ever popular 'Wave' from Japan and luminous flying fish to create this cut out art work.

Jellies through a Window
Jellies through a Window

Using an experimental painting from an older friend, I created simple yet the most delicate jellies to date, swimming through a 'window' in their universe.

the Spirit House
the Spirit House

I had always wanted a Thai Spirit House so decided to make one out of paper. This is fashioned after an image of a floating spirit house . It is made with paper, beads, cellophane, pins and glue.

Blue Egg pagoda
Blue Egg pagoda

After making the Spirit house I decided to try a 5 tiered Pagoda, made with paper fauxed in copper paint, rice paper, pins and glue. After the work of cutting out roof tiles, shoji screens, lotus petals, etc. I decided I had enough of construction.

butterfly masks
butterfly masks

Just for fun, beautiful butterfly masks using Indonesian marbled paper, glitter, ribbon, small dowels, paper and glue. They all flew away somehow.

Flamingo Fetish
Flamingo Fetish

A fascination with flamingo colors and feathers, I created a Fetish with some beautiful beads, gems and small carvings swinging from the wing.

Five Feathers
Five Feathers

I wanted to see if I could create life-like feathers. When I showed a friend she said "what are you doing with these feathers?" I guess it worked.

The Firebird
The Firebird

A close up of a large, intricately cut out piece of art work, inspired by the book The Firebird.

Nude Drawing I
Nude Drawing I

Using some drawings from a nude drawing class where the model was a yoga student, and could hold difficult poses, I added a turquoise tissue paper cut out on top.

Nude Drawing II
Nude Drawing II

From the same model. The lovely story is, a young man saw these and had to give one to his girlfriend for Valentines Day. He later came back to buy the other one.

Tulip Gates
Tulip Gates

Three cutouts of the same design one in paper, next in a fabulous 'netted' paper and lastly a copper tissue paper, illustrating Life, Death, and Rebirth.

Turquoise Beaded Jacket
Turquoise Beaded Jacket

My friend Bill (aka Ray Charles) models the almost completed jacket which took 14 months (not full time), untold hours and thousands of beads (gifts from friends everywhere).

Beaded Jacket, detail
Beaded Jacket, detail

..a detail: my husband in a locket from my fairy godmother. The jacket was eventually auctioned to raise money and awareness of the Laguna Foundation in Sebastopol, CA

Thanka
Thanka

My first attempt at a Thanka or prayer scroll. This one uses some salt in the painting as well as cut out tissue paper for the main image and another experimental background from my older friend and painter.

Tropical Storm
Tropical Storm

With 3 layers of the same cut out I hoped to achieve the motion of the tropical seas in a storm. The background sky is made from Chinese New Year foil papers .

Nor’Easter
Nor’Easter

Fierce storms on the North East coast are called Nor'Easter by the fishermen. Using different colors but the same techniques I have produced the intensity of the storm.

Cesca's door #2 (close-up)
Cesca's door #2 (close-up)

A close-up of Cesca;s laundry room door. This one uses a 3-color stenciling technique on top of heavy faux painting.

Prayer Flag
Prayer Flag

A prayer flag with the Goddess of Compassion. This is the first time I defaced my work (in this case burning) to produce the tattered effect of wear by wind.

Quan Yin of Fishermen
Quan Yin of Fishermen

A beautiful scroll of Quan Yin of Fshemen, taken from a jade sculpture . This has an Indian sari for the background, pearls, carvings of hands and tassels hanging from the top. It is payment to my teacher.

Cesca's Koi Pond door
Cesca's Koi Pond door

The first door I painted, and still my favorite. Given the small office space, the image is only partial, but enticing never the less.

close-up of Crsca's Koi Pond door
close-up of Crsca's Koi Pond door

This close-up reveals the surprise of reverse stenciling (a lace tablecloth) on the bottom of the Koi Pond in a paler blue.

Hawk...an old postcard
Hawk...an old postcard

One of my favorite cut out pieces, Hawk ,made with beads, gems, cigar labels paints, paper, glue and string, this is an invitation to visit my studio in the open studio tour, Artrails.

Serenity
Serenity

In a diameter of 36 inches, there are 2 fan shapes which almost meet in the center, the kanji for Serenity is the center disc. There ate 3 layers to this work.

Quan Yin after Soel Min (close-up)
Quan Yin after Soel Min (close-up)

A rendition of Quan Yin, the Korean Goddess who would not step into Nirvana herself unless all of us could go. This especially beautiful image incorporates paper cutting, masking caligraphy, painting with very small glitter (the beautiful blue/violet color) and gold leaf.

Cesca's door #1
Cesca's door #1

Stepping through this door might take you into a bedroom or maybe out to a Mexican beach.