28 Apr

Cumulus Paper-Cut

It’s been a really long while since I last shared some of my paper cut work on the blog. There’s been lots in production and completion over the past few months as I’ve been working away on a bunch of new pieces for an artist call. It was a relief to finally send the application off earlier today, and get it all in before the deadline. Hooray!

Cumulus work in progress

This is the first of the recent work that I completed in January. It came out of the sketchbook work I was doing at the time, and a desire to explore compositions made from longer flowing cuts. I found this design an interesting challenge to do because it forced me to work at a slower and more thoughtful pace than when cutting shapes of a similar size. The cutting also feels more like carving.

Cumulus

Cumulus

Photo by Byron Dauncy

The piece is also an experiment in finishing the work in a new way. I’ve cut off the excess paper leaving behind a thick border, and then using pins to mount it suspended an inch or so away from a piece of foam core with a shadowbox frame. I think this method allows the piece to cast better shadows (which I love) and emphasizes the delicacy and intricacy of the design.

© Rachael Ashe