I finished up this new piece last week – a wedding gift for our friends Jane & Susan – just in time for their reception!! The state of NC doesn’t recognize same sex marriage (yet) so the ceremony was held in Vermont, and we waited to celebrate with the brides after they returned home. We had so much fun at the reception though!! They had a slideshow playing with photos from the ceremony so guests could still feel like they’d been there. The venue was great, the brides were lovely, the food was incredible, and we sat with a great group of colleagues. We actually got to spend a little quality time with the brides too … something I’m told doesn’t always happen(?) With all the ridiculous stuff I’ve read while planning for my own wedding, it seems like it’d be easy to get wrapped up in how things are supposed to be or look or go a certain way. Well, this couple obviously knew that celebrating with the people you love outweighed all of that, and it made the whole experience much more enjoyable!!
This is the first cut I’ve completed with a colored backing, and I’m really pleased with the overall effect!! I’m sure any artist would say the same, but there’s always one detail in each work that continues to frustrate you. In the panels, it was that one wonky hand that didn’t turn out right, or the oozy looking walls in the High & Low cut. Well, for this piece it’s the tree trunk that shows through in the leaf next to the bottom of the bird on the right. You can only see it in the final version at the very top. DRIVES ME CRAZY every time I look at it :/ Just like with the last cut, I spent more time drawing than cutting this one and the design is definitely better for it. I’m also finding that my work improves a lot if I can take a break from working on a given piece for a few days and just hang it on the wall. When I do that, I always find a change to make that improves the composition in some way. Sometimes I just get on a roll and wanna keep my head down and productivity up, but it really helps when I take the extra time to step back and look at each piece from a different perspective.
Not sure how Evan feels about being pictured online wearing a pink cowboy hat and lei, but hey… HE chose those particular props okay?! There were giant glasses and mustaches to be had but he went straight for the pink. And I happen to think the pics are pretty cute. The purple lace dress looks kinda weird in the photo but it’s actually really beautiful. There are probably about 6 inches of fringe that hang from the bottom too that really make it. I wear it quite a bit, so I’m sure you’ll see it here soon enough. Not pictured are Evan’s crutches. He’s been doing better without them but was sure to bring them along, if only to get out of dancing! Things are looking good for our trip to Montreal though. I can’t believe it’s only TEN DAYS AWAY!!!
This was actually only the second wedding I’ve been to as an adult. The first was an Indian wedding that really blew me away because it was just so beautiful and inspiring – the flowers, the clothing, the jewelry, the decor, and the details in the ceremony itself. The first papercut I ever made was actually a birthday gift for that bride and featured a peacock design. With all these birds and weddings I feel like I’ve come full circle now! Without the loving response and encouragement from the recipient of that first gifted cut, I don’t think I would have ever come back to paper cutting. Thanks Hema! I definitely owe you one ;)