Last fall, I was thumbing through some of my old art books when a bunch of papercuttings fluttered out from one. Back when I was an art teacher, I had fooled around with the craft in preparation for a unit on papercutting, intending to take it further *someday*.
After those cuttings reappeared, I couldn't stop thinking about it. All of a sudden, papercutting was popping up everywhere...Rob Ryan's fabulous folky work, a new book, Papercutting, by Claudia Hopf, whose little pamphlet on scherenschnitte has been in my bookcase since the seventies and then, even on the blogs. Amy K's been doing some charming work recently. I promised myself that once we got through the holidays, I was going to have some fun with it myself.
This afternoon I pulled out a few sheets of computer paper to try out my new Iris scissors (which ironically arrived last week while I was frantically trying to stop the bleeding from my x-acto knife incident. Message from the universe? You decide.) 45 minutes later, I had cut this little piece (4") that I sketched from a German valentine. Instant gratification! The wheels are turning now. More to come.
I have gotten so much done this week that I almost can't believe it. Nothing that needs revisiting here, just lots of check-offs on lists that have been nagging at me for weeks. Such a relief! If I can just catch up on my email, next week should be a blank slate. It's been a long time since one of those appeared on the horizon. Happy weekend!