The Making of Winter Series 2015

The entire time I was working on this papercut I had Isao Tomita's arrangement of "Snowflakes are Dancing", (Debussy), running through my head.  Listen to Tomita's arrangement here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD-b6mU3SYQ

The entire time I was working on this papercut I had Isao Tomita’s arrangement of “Snowflakes are Dancing”, (Debussy), running through my head. Listen to Tomita’s arrangement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wD-b6mU3SYQ

There are so many inspirational things about winter, not the least of which is snow; snow falling soft and gentle or swirling madly with great intent.  These are the images I had in mind when I started working on my Winter Series 2015, a series of four hand drawn, hand cut designs.

Winter #4, a tranquil glimpse of gently falling snow.

Winter #4, a tranquil glimpse of gently falling snow.

Each papercut begins with a vague sketch, which I then cut to see if I can find some inspiration in the bare-bones design, then I sketch on what I’ve already cut and cut some more.  I do this until I find what I’m searching for, sometimes I don’t find anything.  Needless to say my recycle bin is loaded with false starts and my sharps box filled with barely dull, but dead blades.

Top: Winter #2, Bottom: Holiday Cactus.

This year’s series is composed of four papercuts, each on a 6″x 6″ field of Canford Imperial paper and backed with my handmade papers then floated in an 8″ x 8″ frame enhancing the illusion of the papercut being suspended in air.  In addition to the series, I’ve designed a papercut titled Holiday Cactus which was inspired by the Schlumbergera and Hatiora cultivars linked to the holidays, Thanksgiving, (US), Christmas and Easter, (world-wide).  Holiday Cactus is also cut on a 6 x 6 field of Canford Imperial and is float framed in the same manner as Winter Series 2015.  

Framed papercuts are available for $75.00 each.  Purchases can be made via my Etsy shop, Daria Wilber Studio.  If black or white is not your cup of tea the papercuts can be executed in a wide variety of colors.  View the Canford Color Chart for your options.

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About Daria Wilber

hand papermaker and paper artist
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