Thank you for all the birthday wishes yesterday! I had a lovely day.
I’ve had a few queries about the original art behind this year’s calendar and I wanted to share them with all of you.
Each piece is cut from a single piece of black paper, entirely by hand. One of the things I love most about papercutting is the collaboration between me, the paper and the knife. I begin with an intent and a vision, but it is all three of us that make the final product.
I have to be flexible enough to accommodate how the knife travels over the paper and adapt my vision as necessary.
Cutting this year’s calendar was so much fun — I am a plant ecologist by training and getting to spend this much intimate time with these flowers was an absolute joy.
The images are mounted on tiny risers to lift them about 1/4″ off the backboard to capture the delicacy and shadows cast by the papercut. The shadows change throughout the day as the light changes.
The originals are available at TART, a fabulous gallery here in Bozeman that carries an awesome selection of Montana artists. Please contact TART for more images and availability. You can also see a story on Apartment Therapy (!) about the gallery (and see a few of my pieces) HERE.
Thanks, as always, for your interest in my work and your happy comments.