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Lockdown Papercutting Project Day 16: Woman Reading

Woman Reading #531

Woman Reading…is me, at the moment! She looks very scholarly, and that reflects my current PhD-student status.

This is the latest design in the ongoing papercutting project 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 #531 in the book. (They don’t have names – just numbers – so I have to come up with titles for the designs.)

papercut 531 reading woman

Closer up:

papercut 531 reading woman close up

I originally thought that she was a bit of a funny shape, but now that I look at the design again, I realise that she is sitting down and the giant book is resting on her knees.

Her face was the trickiest thing to adapt for papercutting, because I needed a way to attach the eyes and mouth to the side of the face without the links looking too obvious. I think if I cut this design again then I’d tweak the design of the hands. They look a bit claw-like and grabby.

That reminds me – I’ve just rejoined GAP (the Guild of American Papercutters (not that I’m American, but I don’t think there’s a UK version (?GUKP?!))) and there’s still time to enter their “Ex Libris” call for artwork. I’ve got at least another four months to go until the deadline, so I might come up with my own design for a bookplate.

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