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Lockdown Papercutting Project Day 42: Knotwork Railing

Knotwork Railing #706

This “Knotwork Railing” design is from the ongoing papercutting challenge that I’ve been doing. (Basically I’m trying to work my way through all of the designs in the “922 Decorative Vector Ornaments” book by Dover Books.)

Today’s design is number 706 in the book. What the heck would you call that style of design? In the end I decided that it reminded me of a cross between Celtic knotwork and lovely iron gates and railings. So that’s how I ended up with the title “Knotwork Railing”:

knotwork railing papercut 706 - LaserSister KayVincent

Closer up:

knotwork railing papercut 706 - LaserSister KayVincent

I’m really pleased with the way this one turned out. For a start I love the design anyway, but I also managed to cut it so that the lines were quite thin and even, and so that it was pretty symmetrical. And yet (to me, anyway) it still looks hand-cut and not like a machine has just cranked it out.

It’s another design that would probably look really good in a fancy wedding invitation or congratulations card. And the bonus is that it doesn’t take a very long time to cut. Yet another reason to love this design.

The reason I love this design is that it combines three of my favourite things. Celtic knotwork, and fancy ironwork. Years ago I got a book out of the library on how to draw Celtic knotwork, and I loved it so much that I then went and bought it.

And whenever I’m out anywhere my attention is always caught by swirly ironwork designs wherever I am. In the case below, I think it was the Cathedral in Copenhagen:

copenhagen fancy church gate railing 2019 - LaserSister KayVincent

…and the third of my favourite things is papercutting. So that’s why I liked this particular design so much.

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