Saturday, May 24, 2008

Inspiration: Wycinanki

I wanted to give an example of the international papercutting styles which inspire Joe's work. The Polish style of papercutting, Wycinanki, is a traditional folk art using hand cut paper layered to create vibrant and often colorful images. The first two images here are done by traditional Polish Papercutters, the last two are original pieces Joe created that were inspired by the traditional Polish style.Traditionally, these pieces were cut with sheep shears and often depict motifs such as roosters and floral patterns. The designs are often circular and were prominently displayed on furniture, in windows, or on barns.

Joe's interpretation of this traditional Polish style uses motifs inspired by the arts and crafts movement. He also use a circular design, and has experimented with layered colored paper. The following piece, Artichoke, is available hereThis modern American interpretation is still reminiscent of the Polish Wycinanki, but the use of different motifs and color palettes identifies it as a unique tradition. His interpretation featured below, depicts peacocks and is available here

6 comments:

BabyLyons said...

Wow! Those are beautiful!

Hey Harriet said...

OMG! These are such exquisite pieces! Beautiful!

esque said...

Whoa! Very beautiful! The colors are great!

BlossomingTree said...

Such beautiful work.

Beat Black said...

sheep sheers? really? wow

Sew Gracious said...

Your work is beautiful! You are such a talented artist!