Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Abundance Paper Cut

I recently finished a new paper cut called, "Abundance."  The original sketch for this piece is a continuos line drawing, which is a drawing made entirely out of one uninterrupted line.  You begin with your pen or pencil down on the paper, and cannot lift it until the drawing is complete.  It is a common drawing exercise, and I always love it.  It increases the meditative state entered when drawing, strengthens the connection between the lines we see and the lines we draw, and produces beautiful results.  It also lends itself well to a paper-cutting, where everything must be connected.  The connection of the paper represents the connection of all things natural.  We are not separate from our environment, but a part of it.

"Abundance" (in progress) hand-cut paper, by Heather Clements, 2013

"Abundance" (in progress) hand-cut paper, by Heather Clements, 2013

Cut out paper scraps, on my wonderful self-healing cutting mat

"Abundance" hand-cut paper, 8"x10", by Heather Clements, 2013

"Abundance" (detail) hand-cut paper, by Heather Clements, 2013

 Green Tip #15:  Ditch paper towels for real towels.  This one is pretty simple and obvious.  Also, like many eco-friendly home practices, you get used to it quickly, and it becomes force of habit.  We use dish towels and rags for anything most other people would use paper towels for.  People have only been using paper towels for less than a hundred years, and once you don't have them in your house you realize how much you didn't need them.

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