I woke up this morning to find that my cats had knocked a book of nursery rhymes off the shelf. It was on the floor and had opened to the page with the murderous sparrow. I made some tea, stared blankly at my computer and decided to make a remorseless sparrow.
….”I”, said the sparrow, “with my bow and arrow”
I thought this looked best on chipboard but I’m going out paper shopping tomorrow and if I find something I like better I may change the background. If I do that, I’ll probably put something here. I actually made two cuts between the last posted one and this one. One was called “Keening With Bay And Oak” and the other was an updated version of “Hit The North” that I also made for the solstice. Unfortunately my computer crashed and I lost all of my saved images of them. If you happen to be the person who bought either of them, a picture would be greatly appreciated.
I recently started a public Facebook page for my papercuts that is separate from my personal page. I will be posting most of these things there from now on instead of on my personal timeline. You can find that new page here.
I love archaeoastronomy and just about any ancient site featuring a celestial alignment. I’ve never been able to visit a location on its significant day, but I hope to. The girl up there is supposed to be Brighid, daughter of the Dagda. I made another papercut for Yule that I hope to post later today.
I keep re-arranging the color combinations on this. Originally this had a giant moon in the back ground. I may use the moon later, but for now it doesn’t look the way think it should.
Back in 2000 I inherited a few children’s books from my Grandma Rathbun. One of them is a 1937 edition of Pinocchio which I started reading a few days ago. I know Disney pretty much always changes things up, but the original Pinocchio is like a completely different story. Some names and a few basic themes carry over. Anyway, this was inspired by the book. If anyone wants to get me an original 1898 English edition for Christmas……
I haven’t had too much time lately to work on papercuts (or anything else for that mater) due to the postal holiday rush and visiting family. I started designing this weeks ago and actually cut out an earlier version. I decided the first version looked like a rush job so I changed quite a bit of it. I had spare minutes here and there over the last week to work out the re-design and while everyone else was occupied with TV cop shows last night, I cut it out.
Here are the final two. The instruments I didn’t make are the flute and the human voice. I also found a few references to horns being a devils instrument, but I wasn’t able to determine whether they meant a brass instrument or something made out of goat or cow horns. I’m betting on the animals. The last one was the most recent reference and it was an idiophone instrument called a Glass Armonica.
Here are all four images combined.
Here is the next one. Even though the reference was most likely made about a 4 string, I chose a 5 string banjo because it is what I own and have, off and on, attempted to learn.