Friday, August 10, 2012

'Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty' - Paper Cut

Yesterday I finished a new paper cut.  To me, this is a sister piece to the last large paper cut I made, "Woman of the Earth."  The new cut is called "Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty."  I found that a symbol for the Hibiscus was 'delicate beauty' which fit perfectly with the concept of my piece.  It's also perfect because there are hibiscus flowers right outside of my studio.  They are breath-taking flowers; huge, vibrant, and with a very long and intricate stamen. Their presence is particularly special because these flowers only last one day.

In this new piece I am showing an iconic connection and interdependance between humans and nature. The irony is that humans have always depended on nature, for food, water, shelter, etc., but nature never needed humans.  Now that humans have damaged the planet so much, it is only us humans who can use that same scientific mind that created such a mess, to reverse the damage.  Hence the modern interdependence.

There is another thought on that.  Jonas Salk said, "If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish."  

I think that's true.  But being a human myself, I am evolutionarily obligated to want our species to continue (although I definitely don't think we need 7 billion.) Therefore, we have to be careful to use the gift of human imagination wisely, for a better future.

I am an artist.  Artistic talents are what I have to work with.  With that I try to do my small part for the greater whole.

Now, for the actual art:

"Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty" (detail) hand-cut paper, 16"x20", by Heather Clements

"Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty" (detail) hand-cut paper, 16"x20", by Heather Clements

"Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty" (detail) hand-cut paper, 16"x20", by Heather Clements

"Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty" hand-cut paper, 16"x20", by Heather Clements. *SOLD

And here is a video I made of the process:

This piece (including idea sketching, drawing on the back of the paper, and the cutting) took about 12 hours.  It is for sale.  Payments can be made over time.  Contact me if you are interested in purchasing this piece.

Green Tip #6:  Buy used.  Production of new products takes a huge toll on the environment.  Plus everything we throw away stays on the planet, it doesn't just disappear.  There is so much stuff already in the world, we really don't need everything to be new.  Buy used furniture, appliances, dishes, decor, books, clothes, and more. You'd be surprised at the awesome clothes you can find at thrift stores like Goodwill.  And you'll save a ton of money.  Most of our furniture was found on the side of the road, or passed down from the family, and most of my wardrobe is Goodwill.  And I'm proud of it!

Thank you so much for visiting.  I would love to hear your thoughts on my new piece of art, and the video of the process.


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