This papercut was a gift to friends with a new baby daughter. It’s three-layer – white, maroon, pink. Into the white layer are cut gazelles, the name Engidawork in Amharic, and the name Ayelet Ophira in Hebrew. Into the maroon layer is cut the priestly blessing, given over children weekly.
I’m starting research and design work on a secret commision – secret because the people who commissioned it don’t know about it yet! I can’t say much, other than this papercut involves a lot of research into how to spell things in a language I don’t know at all. And the due-date deadline for the papercut is unknown. A fun challenge.
She requested two trees with branches entangled and the words connecting the branches as if spread between the atzim of a torah. Despite a relatively short timeline, I think I came up with a really beautimous result!
The text is traditional and means “I am my beloved and my beloved is mine.”
The two-tone works really well here. Also, the grey plays two different roles in this papercut – both as a second tone for the skull and neck, and as a separate part of the skeleton (further away) in the ribs and legs.
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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 »