Two ladies and a whole lotta wool
A quite accidental, but wholly wonderful thing has happened as a result of this blog post. I cleared out my craft supply colossus (my chest of drawers full of complete randomness) and stumbled upon my X-Acto knife (I had no idea this was what it was called until about 5 seconds ago) and decided to try my hand at some paper cutting.
Danni recently wrote about Chinese paper cutting which you can read about here.
I will share with you the results of my attempt at paper cutting, but first and most importantly a discovery: Hans Christian Andersen was a well-known for paper cutting. I did not know this.
As much as I do not need any more books, the temptation to buy this one is quite significant. Here are just a few examples of his work out of the huge amount I found while searching for more information:
A lot of his paper cuts were used as original illustrations in Hans Christian Andersen’s stories. I find them all absolutely magical. Being a rather massive fan of puppetry – particularly shadow puppetry – his work in paper cutting reminds me of amazing puppetry I’ve seen. I even attended a shadow puppetry animation course at the Barbican a couple of years ago; it was amazing what some people produced, but the simplicity along with the intricacies is something that really excites me.
So, I did have a go at doing some paper carving myself. I decided to make a night light using a jam jar (being big jam and chutney fans in this house, we have many) and a off cut of some black paper from a sketch book. I grabbed my trusty X-Acto knife, a thick piece of card and a sketching pencil, and began to draw the scene.