Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Dancing and Chatting

The roots of paper cutting go way back in history to the time paper was invented in Chinas. This is a fragment of a 1000+ yr old paper cut discovered in a tomb; it was preserved by the dryness of the air. It is of monkeys (or the monkey god) joyfully dancing around flowers.

This image became the inspiration for my cut, "Dancing and Chatting" (unfinished). It shows my Dancing Boys and Gals in a circle dance. Some are having a good time while others are not. Each pair is talking, hence the red speech bubbles. For this cut I thought of all the things I overheard at clubs whilst a reckless young man. I was never any good at dances, discos, clubs - whatever you want to call them - I couldn't move in any kind of rhythmic fashion, I couldn't hear what people were saying, I didn't have a warm inviting face (I was concentrating on trying to 'dance'!), and the smoke just gave me asthma attacks!

"Don't pick on me." "What?!"

"Look at you." "This isn't for me."

What do you remember talking about?

As a follow up to my Moleskine post read about Aimee's adventures with hers. Her amazing moleskine / journal is fantastically colourful and varied - just what a molskine is for! Check it out!


John Speight said...

Fantastic papercut and idea Tim!!!
I went out and bought a moleskine after your last post. Your blog is wonderfully inspiring!

Ricë said...

fabulous cut paper! just amazing detail--

found you through artsyville--

aimee said...

WOW tim! these papercuts are amazing. can't wait to see more.

thanks so much for the mention!