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So a couple months ago, I strolled into LUXE Creative‘s offices to visit my friend Martin and ask for some lighting advice for an exhibit.  I walked out with my advice, plus the possibility of a project to create an immense paper flower wall for a wedding.  I had never done one before, nor had I ever made a paper flower, but I thought this would be something fun and different to do.

Now, four months later, I finally finished up!  LUXE Creative was doing work for the wedding that was planned by Shari Zatman of Perfectly Planned in Pittsburgh.  We were set to install at the Heinz History Center.  I began work immediately, and looked at a number of patterns other DIY makers had used.  I also trusted my Cricut Explore for a little help too- it’s a cutting machine but it also comes with a number of cutting inspiration patterns.  In the end, I created my own flower designs that worked for this particular wall. It is also entirely handcut, which is what sets it apart from anything else you’ll find out there.   I’ll post those later this week!   Let me just say, Martin, his team, and I put in some intense hours during install day.  There were many bumps in the road, but I was extra confident and determined to make this the most beautiful thing in the room, well besides the bride of course!

Here it is, standing at 12 ft high x 20 ft long (original designs called for it to be 16 ft high) and over 100 lbs in weight thanks to the amount of paper.  It took four months of cutting every single day, except for one week where I ended up slicing a hole through my finger (ugh).

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Martin and I looking at our paper and light work.

Martin and I looking at our paper and light work.

Putting on finishing touches

Putting on finishing touches

Once the sun was almost down, I could finally see how beautiful the wall would look

Once the sun was almost down, I could finally see how beautiful the wall would look

Attempting to rest my legs while on the Lift

Attempting to rest my legs while on the Lift

more last minute hot glue touches!

more last minute hot glue touches!

 

So that’s that!  This year has handed me two huge projects and I am so proud to say that no matter what my health threw at me (after install I wasn’t able to walk for a day because of circulatory problems in my legs), I got the job done!  I have to thank everyone who helped me along the way, because one person can never handle anything alone.  Thanks to everyone, xoxoxoxoxo

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I’m still not sure how I feel about this piece.  It’s love hate…  I love the layers, the burning, the shadows created by the turmeric.  But I don’t know why I didn’t keep it as just a circle.  It was meant to look like it was breaking apart or breaking out… but this is just kind of funky.  I will most likely redo this and make one with just a circle…  _DSC0651 _DSC0652

I threw these photos in for fun.  These are my little triangle cutouts burned, dyed, and covered in wax.  So much process…. I also picked these pieces of sage and wheat-looking guys and covered them in wax, too.  So awesome…_DSC0653 _DSC0657 _DSC0660 _DSC0662 copy _DSC0663 _DSC0666I figured there aren’t many photos of me working.  Just of my work working itself.  So here it is… I was particularly proud of this skater-ish outfit I was sporting last night.  I’ve never been more comfortable.  Here I’m pondering what in the world I’m doing with my life…

 

 

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Ok, so for a while I’ve been going pattern crazy with oranges, bananas, palm trees, and other tropical themed guys.  I’ve also gone a little nuts making tons of little milagro hands and legs.  Besides making them into little sculptures, I wanted to push them out on the world.  Most of the images that I print are heavily influenced by Miami and Cuban culture. Living in Pittsburgh, I’m in an environment that is the total opposite of my work.  One day when it was snowing I went out and pasted my little oranges onto a fence by my house in Lawrenceville.  Everything around me is so gritty, industrial, and absolutely beautiful.  I wanted to place my printed guys in the wrong kind of environment, make them seem more out of place.  I’ll be going around this week and posting more around town.

Now, I just want to say that these are not permanently installed.  I put them up with some tape, take a photo, and then take them down right after.  Don’t worry- I’m not tearing up public property with tiny oranges.  But, I would love to get these installed anywhere in the city permanently and I’m hoping that’s the next step.