Sunday, April 21, 2019

Chenille Bunnies by Felicia

Happy Easter everyone!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

2019 WYCINANKA ROOSTER

                                  I started a new Wycinanka.  Finished.

2019 MY PAINTED SWEATSHIRT....

                                This is a sweatshirt that I painted. .

2019 MY PISANKI EGGS


2019 PISANKI EGGS

                                 Here is a photo of my pisanki.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Felicia's Wycinanka Snowflakes

Snowflakes Galore!


I cut these snowflakes out of computer paper, size 8 1/2 " squares.  Sometimes it is easier to trace a paper plate and start with a circle.  Then you don't end up with a "square", unnatural snowflake.  These are beautiful when placed on a window, so that you can see through the negative spaces.  Gorgeous!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

WYCINANKA: Lowicz Paper Cut Wedding Scene

This Wycinanka (Vih-chee-nahn-kah) is a wedding scene taking place in Lowicz, Poland.  A paper cut of this style is made with overlapping colors of paper.  You can see the bride and groom on the left, the orchestra serenading them, and the guests arriving by horse and carriage.  This piece of artwork (11" X 30") was in a traveling exhibit "Out of the Ordinary: Community Tastes and Values in Contemporary Folk Art (tour dates:  January 1995 - January 1998).  This tour brought together a significant cross section of active New York State folk artists and their works to be shown to educate the public about various folk art that may be centuries old but still is practiced today.  I place high value on keeping up the traditions of my family history, preserving them for the next generation, and educating people about the beautiful art of Poland.  Jake and I, along with our entire wedding party, were dressed in traditional Polish costumes.

WYCINANKA WEDDING SCENE fragment by Felicia


I created this paper cut for a lady in Kuala Lumpur, Malasia. She wanted it for her brother's wedding, as he was marrying a Polish girl.  It was part of a paper cut that featured the entire wedding scene.

Modern WYCINANKA by Felicia

Paper Cutting... "TRACTOR IN A CORNFIELD"





WYCINANKA by Felicia

Polish Paper Cut..."FLOWERS IN A BLUE VASE"

Paper Cut made for WSKG Public Television. "FOLK ARTISTS OF THE SOUTHERN TIER"

This whole crew of people came from WSKG TV and filmed me as I made a paper cutting.  My work was in a 3 year show which traveled around New York State major museums.  I was one of six artists whose art was shown.  We even went to Albany, NY for a show; all of us doing demonstrations and talking about our art.

WYCINANKA YARN ON BURLAP by Felicia

Hooked Rug Wycinanka Wall Hanging

WYCINANKA....."KOGUTY"

I bought the frame first and then chose my colors
for the paper cutting to go with the frame.

Wycinanka...."FELICIA'S GARDEN" with Blue Ribbon attached.

Wycinanka..."FELICIA'S GARDEN"

When I started cutting this paper cut, I made some of the big flowers and glued them on the background.  At this point I became very frustrated and didn't like the piece.  I was going to tear it up and throw it away.  You see, I am a very "symmetrical" person and this cutting was all over the place.  It really bothered me!  Jake told me to stop, walk away, and look at it again another day.  After that, the next day I was able to continue working on it until it was finished.  This Wycinanka received "BEST IN SHOW" at Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The show was called "CUT IT OUT" and curated by Dr. Debbie Miller.  I was very happy that I finished my wycinanka and won a fantastic prize!

Wycinanka: "RED ROOSTER" Polish Paper Cut by Felicia

Wycinanka: "BLACK ROOSTER....Stop and smell the flowers!"

WYCINANKA MADE FROM CLOTH by Felicia

Wycinanka: "CLOTH APPLIQUE METHOD"


I had made this same Wycinanka using paper.  Then, I thought it would be fun to make a wycinanka from cloth.  I used iron-on webbing and cut out the pieces.  Then I ironed it onto the background white cloth.

WYCINANKA ROOSTERS by Felicia

Wycinanka: "EIGHT ROOSTERS IN A TREE"

Wycinanka: GODDESS IN A TREE

This is a very simple wycinanka that can be done with children in a classroom.



Wycinanka: "Tree of Life"

This is a Wycinanka which is symmetrical (same on both sides) and stylistic...typical of the one-colored "Trees of Life" made in several regions of Poland.  The blue paper is folded lengthwise, half of the design is drawn on the back, all the negative space is cut out carefully with sharp scissors, and when the cutting is unfolded, it is glued onto heavy paper. This paper cut is on permanent display at Roberson Museum in Binghamton, NY in their traditional folk artist section.

Wycinanka Polish Paper Cutting and Scherenschnitte German Paper Cutting

The paper cutting above is a Wycinanka, or Polish Paper Cutting.  It has a stylized cut for the tree, horses, and animals.  This one includes the "Goddess in the Tree".  Roosters represent fertility and life.  The curlicures represent water and air.



The paper cut below is a Scherenschnitte, or German Paper Cut.  The figures and the tree are more realistic, similar to a silhouette.  Some of the earliest "photos" were shadow silhouettes of people, animals, and nature.

AVIARY TREE WYCINANKA

I folded the blue paper in half lengthwise and drew half of the design on the white background with pencil.  I then proceeded to cut out all of the negative spaces with fine point very sharp scissors, as are used for embroidery or scherenschnitte.  I like cuticle scissors the best.  When the design was unfolded, it revealed the completed Tree of Life with roosters and birds in the tree and on the ground.  I found a piece of scrapbooking paper that had the golden squiggles on it and felt that it gave my cutting the whimsy that I was looking for and it made the blue color POP!

WYCINANKA: "THISTLES AND DUCKS"

I folded the dark green paper in half and drew half of the flowers, leaves, and ducks on the back with pencil.  Then, keeping the paper folded, I cut out the symmetrical design.  When I unfolded it, I felt the flowers and leaves needed some colors, so I folded and cut pieces of scrap paper and glued them onto the shapes, keeping the design identical on each side.