Saturday, June 4, 2011

WYCINANKA: "BLUE ROOSTERS IN A CIRCLE"


These are my beautiful blue roosters that I cut free hand by folding the paper in half and drawing half of my design on the back white side.  I used fadeless paper.  I cut out all the "holes" or negative space of the design and then unfolded it to see the blue cutout.  I used sharp pointed cuticle scissors...my favorite tool.  Then I planned all the colors for the feathers and flowers and had to cut them out by folding symmetrically or cutting out two at a time.  Overlapping the colored paper is a typical characteristic for the paper cuts from the Lowicz (Woh-veech) region of Poland. 

1 comment:

Jim Carpenter said...

I love the roosters. What do they symbolize? Hospitality? Good fortune?
I share your Polish heritage (my maternal grandparents were born in Poland) - and so I am very interested in what you are doing.
I would like to see some of the batik paintings on fabric that you have done. I have a beautiful silk scarf that belonged to my grandmother that I am certain was painted/batiked by a Polish gentleman many decades ago. I'd like to know more about that tradition. I know about the eggs and the paper cutting but not about the traditional use of batik in Poland, save for the artifact that I have in my possession.
All the best, Jim Carpenter