Paper cut by Emma Van Leest
I felt compelled to share this image, formerly posted by my sister (bear with me, Tumblr won’t let me embed hyperlinks just now; what’s up with that? So, link to her page below). Kirsten featured this artist last year, her post coinciding with my purchase of a book on a famous storyteller’s paper cut art. More on that later.
I made some paper cut pieces for my hubs’ 2013 Valentine’s Day gift after rediscovering my Exacto blade.
Slightly more rough and less complex than Ms. Van Leest’s work, admittedly.
Still, paper cutting is deeply satisfying - I have so much fun and find such challenge in planning the layout.
My sister and I share the love of this type of art. It may be rooted in the flat-packable gifts our Danish grandmother, Inger, has sent (see below for an example). While Denmark is not the home of paper cutting - this credit goes to China, with the oldest papercut dating back to the 6th century - one of the masters of the form was Danish - Hans Christian Anderson. I was surprised to read a description from one of his nieces that he used a standard scissors to cut his intricate designs!
One of my grandmother’s gifts; I apologize for the unsightly screen.
I was lucky enough to visit the H.C. Andersen museum in Odense, Denmark last spring. I’ll include photos in an upcoming post.
Every year cemeteries across the U.S. bury over 100,000 tons of steel and 1,500,000 tons of concrete from coffins and re-enforced vaults. Green burials are all about reconnecting death and nature, reducing exorbitant costs, and sparking an environmental paradigm shift.