Today’s lavish cut paper Little Red Riding Adora was gifted to Adora by artist Richard B. Schuchman. It is 8.5” x 11 cut paper; Cut black, red and white on a gray background. Please click twice for the gorgeous details.
Richard wrote: “My life in cut paper began in the spring of 1987, when I started cutting silhouette portraits at Walt Disney World in Orlando. It was a fun experience and got even more interesting when I began working on Main Street, where one artist, Alex Skordos, displayed her scenes. They were attractive, yet simple designs and really inspired me to do more than just portraits. So I began my exploration of the medium, trying different styles, different techniques and different subject matter, eventually adding multiple layers of paper and larger sizes. I joined the GAP and, through their newsletters, found out there was a whole group of artisans with the same focus of trying to expand the art of paper cutting, as well as others dedicated to keeping alive the old traditional forms I’d never seen before.
When I left Disney in 1993, I continued cutting for a short time, then stopped completely when I started my current career in computer graphics and pre-press. As fate would have it though, I was reintroduced to the inherent challenges of scherenschnitte recently while I was posting a portfolio online and decided to include a couple of silhouettes I was particularly proud of. I got such a great response I decided to see how the GAP was doing and found out that, not only were they still around, they were flourishing and even had a museum! Even the newsletter had improved and, after seeing all the new inspiring art from the current members, I regretted my decision to stop cutting and knew I had to become involved once again in this intriguing art form.
So, I’m back in business! It’s a lot more difficult now: I don’t do it for a living, so I have to find spare time to work on it, my eyes aren’t what they used to be, my calloused thumb has grown soft and flabby, and I’m jumping right back into the art with larger and multiple layered projects, because that’s where my muse is taking me. You have to challenge yourself to keep it interesting and the only way I can make the time to work on these is to keep experimenting.”
Thank you so much, Richard!
Later edit: See a 4-color version here.
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