I exhibited my papercut/letterpress work 50 words for 50 Birds in the Bruny Island Bird Festival last weekend. Fab photographer Warwick Berry kindly took a couple of photos of my works for me with his super duper camera and super duper skills. Thanks Warwick. Here is the finished framed piece.
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.