Posts Tagged ‘paper’

Paper Cutting Dreams

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

My latest obsession is paper cutting – I have intense desires to learn how to do it and spend hours cutting away at intricate designs. I am currently faced with two problems – I am rubbish at drawing and I cannot visualise how to join all of the little bits of a design together. Which bits do you cut? What do you leave? How do you make sure it doesn’t all fall apart?

I have spent the last few days researching paper cutters and the types of work that is being produced, and nearly all of them talk about how they taught themselves and started paper cutting because you don’t need many materials and the simple yet structurally sound results of paper cutting excited them. These elements are all sitting very close to my heart and I feel a kick of excitement every time I see a paper cut design. I almost cried watching this film of Julie from Famille Summerbelle because I want so badly to be this skilled and to be able to produce pieces of this quality.

My aim is to teach myself how to do this – I figure if everyone else can then why can’t I? Start small and work my way up…

This Time Has Come

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

I have spent the afternoon reading, highlighting, re-reading and then crossing off every word in the “Things You Must Bring to the Interview” information for my visa application. Tomorrow morning I get on a plane (hooray… gosh I love planes/airports) and fly to Sydney. Monday morning I will put on my nicest smile and eyelash extensions and then flutter away as I ask oh-so-nicely for a visa. I will then either cry or jump for joy, depending on the outcome. This result will, of course, be duly noted on here for everyone to either cry or jump for joy with me. I’m hoping to hear a lot of feet slamming back to earth early next week.

As with all bureaucratic adventures, there is a large list of things that I need to do and pieces of paper I need to find when applying and I am feeling particularly anxious about forgetting or overlooking something. I am fearing the worst in the hope that that will mean it’ll all go ridiculously smoothly. The old reverse psychology. In addition, I ask that everyone crosses all of their fingers, toes, arms, legs, and any other crossable body part in order to increase my luck. When our powers combine, we will conquer the French embassy. I appreciate the help.

Paper Cutting

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

I have recently discovered an artist called Béatrice Coron, a French woman who lives in New York and who is a paper cutter. She creates wonderfully detailed stories by cutting images into paper. You should check out her work. Some of my favourite pieces are clothes that she has made out of paper. They are so delicate yet well structured. Plus the other cool thing is that she only started working as an artist when she turned 40. It’s never too late to change.