While looking through my papercuts from last year, i was particularly struck by the skeletons. i do think that i want to do more papercuts of human skeletons, but for the time being I decided to do a few of animals (this is the first and there’s another on the burner (ouch, that’s kind of the wrong analogy for a papercut!))
I designed and completed this papercut over a year ago but am only now posting it. It was a baby present for Eliav. His Hebrew name is Eliav Zechariah, which is at the top of the papercut. His name in Amharic is Tariku, which is at the bottom of the papercut. The text next to the tree is cut out from the dark blue background, revealing a second, light blue background beneath and is the traditional blessing parents say over their children, aka the priestly blessing.
I started making a series of animal art for the nursery. They are kind of papercuts, in that I started with paper and cut it, but I’m using construction paper, not any special kind of paper. Also different from my usual papercuts in that they are very colorful and I haven’t planned them out at all! Almost no drawing; just pick up the paper and cut. It’s been a lot of fun so far. I plan to make three desert creatures next. These first three are sea creatures.
This text loosely translates as “It is not for you to complete the work [of repairing the world]. Not up to you to finish it. But neither are you free to desist from it.” I had a little adventure with this piece, because I had it completely designed and had already started cutting it when I realized I had a part that wasn’t connected to everything else. Luckily, I realized before it was too late, and implemented a fix.
I’m really enjoying these two-paper/two-color skeletons. This is the third one I’ve done and it features the spine and pelvis, with some connective tissue.
See the piece here »
This piece was a commission for my fiance (very-soon-to-be spouse). I actually did the papercut months and months ago, but have been planning the watercolor background. Now that it is finally done, the piece is ready for viewing!
My sweetie and I designed our ketubah together. I have now finished cutting the papercut and our professional calligrapher (on my list of things to become) finished the text. My sweetie will be painting a colorful watercolor background.
As you can see here, the text is on a different piece of paper from the papercut – when we get it framed, we’ll have to be sure to rotate them correctly. The painted round background will be a third piece of paper, and then there’ll be a matte as the background to fill in the rest of the square.
Will post a photo of the finished piece when it’s done!
I think it really needs some color … maybe I’ll try watercoloring a background.
I used two layers of paper, one white and one grey, to convey distance and space between the bones closer to you and the bones further away. I cut out of two pieces of paper then put them together just so, to create the ribs, arms and spine.
This is my second papercut inspired by the first line of Michael Pollan’s article “Unhappy Meals.” I started with the words and worked outwards, and it ended up being very tree/forest imagry with the food text. But since all of these things are tied together, it still works. It just may make you think a little.