As a christmas present for my husband, I used old letterpress blocks to create a tabletop that was later covered in glass. Within the blocks, phrases such as "love and joy forever" as well as our initials are spelled out.
The final piece, which now sits in our living room. The table is made of solid oak and is constructed in the Arts & Crafts style.
For someone who's not particularly good at math (it's the dyslexia) I'm fascinated by geometry. Here, wood end pieces where cut and connected with strips of cardboard. After I made this for a client, Restoration Hardware came out with a line exactly like this in steel. Coincideance?
I love lighting. There is something about the soft glow and the manipulation of light that I really like. Here, a quick mock up of a hand cut, paper butterfly lamp.
A friend of mine was getting married and ask for a woodland table centerpiece. The log slices are faux wood, and the mushrooms are painted foam sheets. The flowers are paper.
The beginnings of faux log slices.
The dogwood blossoms are paper and hand painted. The only real element is the twig and moss.
A whole lot of faux foam mushrooms.
The final design. More mushrooms, moss and ferns.
Almost every, if not every gift I give my husband is hand made. I can't even buy a card. I have to make those too. For his study, I cut this paper forrest and encased it in a dome. I actually don't remember the occasion for which this was given.
The forrest being exacto cut.
The paper forrest light up. There is a small nightlight bulb inside the forrest and the layers of paper create shadow. The whole piece sits on a birch log slice and has an on/off switch.
After complaining that the wattage on my husband's bedside lamp was to strong, he said "So make me a new one". So I did. A simple solid pine base has a clear glass tube with a low watt Edison bulb. Problem solved.
CROWN FOR A 5 YEAR OLD
A coworker asked if I would make a crown for her son's 5th birthday. I take headwear seriously. This crown is based on the French royal crown.Gold mylar was been treated and aged in three tones. The fleur de lis is dimensional. Red and amber jewels decorate. He was allowed to wear it for a few hours. Now it's under glass.
CHRISTMAS CARD 2013
Every year, my husband and I sent out very elaborate Christmas cards. He usually makes candy and I make a pop-open card of some sort with an ornament element. for 2013, I designed this Art Deco inspired pop-open snowflake that was laser cut into innerfacing. The flake is only 3 inches across and though incredible delicate looking, it's quite strong.
I kinda like bugs. I see them as beautiful and amazing creatures. Here, a collection of green iridescent beetles is under glass.
In Hindu culture a mandela or circular geometric design is made to honor the Gods. These pieces, though not honoring a God do bring me a great deal of calm when making them. The 20 inch by 20 inch piece is hand cut. The small cut pieces are the size of a grain of rice.
A close up of the cut mandela. The paper is black and the white is the background. There is no design when I start these pieces. It just comes to me as I make it.
An in-progress piece.
Some of the lines that are left after cutting are as thin as thead.
This 20 inch by 20 inch cut work is a whole lot of cut outs the size of a grain of rice. I had no plan when I made this. I just let my mind go.
A close up of the cut work. I friend asked me once "What happens if you make a mistake?" I told him I don't make mistakes.
A 6 inch by 6 inch heart made of matches.
These menu cards were part of a DIFFA designed table I created for a silent auction. The menu has been letterpresses while I created a pop-out monarch butterfly that slide up and down the card. The wine stains are made with real wine.