Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Fashion: Papercutting

I was introduced to the art of papercutting through one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge. And I am in love. I would rush out to the store right this minute to pick up an X-acto knife and self-healing cutting board if I thought I had the talent and/or patience for this craft. I suppose I will have to settle for sighing over these beauties.

The first piece I ever saw was by Elsa Mora (nicknamed Elsita). She has an Etsy shop, which is where I obtained this example of her fine craftsmanship and incredible detail. The piece is entitled "Secret Anatomy of a Young Girl" and can be purchased for $25. If I ever had a few extra dollars burning a hole in my pocket, I would purchase as many of her pieces as possible and frame them and paper my walls with the frames.
Today at Design*Sponge, an artist named Deanne Cheuk was featured, which reminded me about this craft that I just had to share with my fashion-forward readers. Cheuk's Web site's shop offerings seemed to cost $150 each, but she also does simply amazing work. Observe:

Are these people even serious with this? So incredible. Something as simple as these truly delicate silhouettes of trees can be so graphic and powerful. This is from papercutdiecut and is $100 for this 21" x 21" piece. The uses for this craft are endless: wall hangings, cards, lampshades - everything you can imagine!

If you would like to see more of this amazing craft, just type "papercut" into the Etsy search box. There is some seriously incredible work out there. Oh, how I wish I could show you each and every piece...or do this myself!