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. see my process
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.
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The cover for the book, The Tree and the Moon, the original of which includes silver leaf and rhinestones
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.
A compliment from a friend who is a fabulous painter..this was his favorite of all the illustrations.
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.
Adding more color to the jellies, this after a trip to the beautiful Monterey Bay aquarium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just for fun, beautiful butterfly masks using Indonesian marbled paper, glitter, ribbon, small dowels, paper and glue. They all flew away somehow.
A fascination with flamingo colors and feathers, I created a Fetish with some beautiful beads, gems and small carvings swinging from the wing.
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.
A close up of a large, intricately cut out piece of art work, inspired by the book The Firebird.
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.
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.
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.
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).
..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
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.
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 .
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.
A close-up of Cesca;s laundry room door. This one uses a 3-color stenciling technique on top of heavy faux painting.
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.
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.
The first door I painted, and still my favorite. Given the small office space, the image is only partial, but enticing never the less.
This close-up reveals the surprise of reverse stenciling (a lace tablecloth) on the bottom of the Koi Pond in a paler blue.
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.
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.
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.
Stepping through this door might take you into a bedroom or maybe out to a Mexican beach.