There are only 50 left !

I’ve been thinking about the plight of the orange bellied parrot and the sad fact that there are only  50 birds left in the wild.    I’ve been thinking about the fact that extinction is forever.  I’ve been thinking about what it means to be “critically endangered”.  I’m using my “failed prints”  to make  50 paper cuts of the Orange Bellied Parrot to highlight the plight of this little guy. 

I went to a  “de-construction”  workshop at Hunter Island Press on the weekend hosted by the wonderful,  intuitive and enthusiastic Kaye Green.  The workshop was  part of the PCA’s print forum.   Kaye helped me to focus on my OBP papecut project and  put my other ideas on the back burner for a while.  Sometimes I have so many ideas  rattling around my brain  and I try to manifest them all at once instead of just concentrating on one thing at a time !    I’m learning that this is my way and  I’m trying to reign myself in and focus on one project at a time instead of bieng so scattered with my work.     I see  many unfinished projects  and works in progress  ’round my studio as evidence of this trait !!!       I may put some text with this papercut work …words that have been flying round my head like   – miracle, flight, wings, orange bellied, feathered  friend, looming extinction, critically endangered, threatened, salt marsh habitat, breeding, wild, population, migration, rehabilitation, recovery…………………….

I love the  shadows created by my papercuts.  They add depth and a three dimensionality.

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5 thoughts on “There are only 50 left !

  1. jo, this is a great site, can anyone join in???
    how many OBP papercuts have you got left? it’s sensational work, very thought provoking and I am pleased that Kaye grounded you off your perch to focus on this work. these would be gorgeous in the exhibition, and i think i had better have three if i can afford them! allegra

    1. Hello Allegra, Thanks & nice that you came over to check me out !!! I’ve done 50 OBP paper cuts to highlight the fact that there’s only 50 left…they are only small and they will be framed altogether in one frame with some letterpressed words. I will of course put it in the Bird Festival Exhibition. Jo

  2. hi again, just decided not to go home and read and explore on. the works are truly sensational and the talent of your inner connection with nature is soaring jo, of course i know you will stay with this medium, its a part of you! allegra

  3. Hello again Jo, I was delighted to read of your idea with this project ……and then dismayed to hear you are going to put them all under and inside of a frame. I mean as you said they look so good just as your photo shows them here. They could be on perches with the text words you mentioned printed on them (the perches) or embossed. I will have to watch myself as I am getting too involved in your project – I obviously need to make a small installation myself. I have just set a wall in my studio, aside for the purpose.

    take care. Aine

    1. Yes, it’s a shame to put prints into frames sometimes but they need to be protected from spider and fly poo etc…. (do you have trouble with this where you are? ) I also think about the longevity of the piece. I thought about not framing but have decided to go ahead and frame if I am happy with the final result. I set my letterpress words today and it took me 3 hours !!! It’s tricky reading upsidedown and back to front ! I’ll hopefully print them next week and get this finished for the Bruny Island Bird Festival Art Exhibition I’ll post some pics when it’s done.

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