a forest

Sep. 14th, 2014 04:46 pm
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The second-last of the tiny papercutting suggestions on 3x5 cards. A forest, as suggested by [personal profile] twoeleven Forests are hard, I eventually gave up and cheated by cutting two 3x5 cards worth of forest, and stacking them with some tracing paper. It is, of course, a douglas fir forest. I didn't spend years analyzing data on douglas fir branching patterns for nothing! Woo!


Jun. 24th, 2014 12:04 am
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer  suggested I make a papercut "folk sankofa." If, like me until a couple hours ago, you have no idea what a sankofa is, here's what wikipedia has to say:

Sankofa can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to " reach back and get it" (san - to return; ko - to go; fa - to look, to seek and take) or the Asante Adinkra symbols of a bird with its head turned backwards taking an egg off its back, or of a stylised heart shape. It is often associated with the proverb, “Se wo were fi na wosankofa a yenkyi," which translates "It is not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten."


The Sankofa symbol appears frequently in traditional Akan art, and has also been adopted as an important symbol in an African American and African Diaspora context to represent the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future. It is one of the most widely dispersed adinkra symbols, appearing in modern jewelry, tattoos, and clothing.

Thanks, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer !

index card

Feb. 26th, 2014 09:13 pm
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Today for no particular reason I cut a bunch of holes in a 3x5 card and ended up with a not-terribly-accurate version of Russian archeologist Elena Shumakova's reconstruction of a reindeer tattoo found on a 2500 year old Pazyryk woman whose body was preserved in permafrost in the Altai Mountains.

(Archeologists are divided about what the decorations on the reindeer's antlers are - either flowers or eagle heads.)

That was fun. I would like to do it again.
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Today, for no particular reason, I cut a bunch of holes in a 3x5 index card. That was fun. I think I would like to do it again.


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