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It’s all about the details for me in papercutting.  When you’re making work like mine, that’s so repetitive and consists of mostly one, patterned image, you must get detailed in order to give your viewer some surprises.  In my latest installation, Vascular Caverns, I created my largest papercut work yet: a largescale installation that formed a cavern comprised entirely of handcut paper.  It took the longest, but was one of the shortest installations thanks to a solid month of prep!  Once it was up on the wall, I ended up cutting out more and more pieces just to give that extra touch.  So, for all you type A personalities and detail oriented creators, I have posted detail photos of the installation!  Have fun detail hunting!

 

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These photos are from the week before my show in Oakalnd at Hat Rac Gallery.  There are always last minute things to get ready, and I was still making work up until the end.  Some pieces shown didn’t make it into the show, but instead just stayed home being beautiful.

 

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As if I didn’t already express my love for her enough, here’s a post for my ultimate source of inspiration right now:  Carmen Miranda.  Lately I’ve been wanting to get a lot more into screenprinting and making patterned prints.  The goal is to make a few more ladies with headdresses.  Of course, I’ve already gone through my orange phase.  Next fruit on the list is bananas.  Oh, it’s begun.  Here are some photos of the progress:

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For some time, I’ve had this fascination with oranges.  It all started on an airplane.  I opened up one of those horrible magazines that are in the seat pocket thanks to extreme boredom.  Well, for once my boredom launched me into a new obsession.  There was an article on something I had never hear of: orange wrappers.  People collect these wrappers, especially the Italian ones.  I had no idea why one would wrap an orange but it was the greatest thing I had ever seen.  Being from Miami, you see oranges even when you close your eyes.  I guess I had become immune to Florida’s constant projection of orange images.  But looking at the art deco art that was beautifully designed for a wrapper of all things, a switch must have clicked.  I tore out the article and to this day still have it.  I keep it in my wallet as inspiration.

 

So, as time went on I began screenprinting.  What did I want to make more than anything else?  Oranges.  But I wanted to find a way to recreate the old printing methods: that bitmap, dotted, Lichtenstein style of print.  What did I do?  Oh I had photoshop and I had ways to make it into a neat, organized print by means of machinery.  No, I made it by hand.  Handpainted each and every dot onto my screen.  I’m not writing this to brag, it’s instead to tell you my process.  I am an admirer of folk art and the difference that one feels when they do a meticulous task with their own hands.  It’s an intimate moment with your image.  To place that amount of time and effort into something provides an extra connection with the object.  That’s why I do it.

These here are my orange prints and the many ways that I hang them in galleries.  I added milagro hands and some feet into my oranges.  This piece, as well as most of my graphic work, deals with ideas relating to offerings and ritual.

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My latest Photoshop experiment is a banana lady.  I’ve been wanting to make a lot of ladies with screenprinting, but this is the easiest way to do it.  Maybe a painting will come next but for now this is it!

Steps:

Made her sketch by hand.

Scanned into photoshop and then inked it out.

Color filled everything and added shading

Drew parts to go into the pattern.  Made a fill pattern and that was that.  Pattern Circle