Monday, August 15, 2011
WYCINANKA: Partridges, Deer, and Sheep in Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is a common theme for making wycinanki in Poland and is also practiced in other countries in their art as well. As you can see from the symmetry in this paper cut, I folded it three different times, to make the cuttings. First, you see the center fold where the partridges, deer, and sheep are "nose-to-nose". Then there is another fold that runs down the center of the large trees and branches. The third fold is located down the middle of the small "Christmas tree" shapes. It cannot be cut with just one center fold, because you would lose some of the symmetry.