Sunday, 11 November 2007

The lady and the moon

You know sometimes you get asked to do a piece and it's like a dream come true? Well, I just finished one for a fabulous lady who wanted something similar to the paper forest piece. It's based on an old photograph of her grandma sitting on a paper moon. Now, the funny thing is, I was heading in that direction with the paper stuff anyway - moon, clouds, stars etc - it's an obvious step given the classic films and theatre sets which include them. So when she asked I was completely overjoyed.


A still from the classic Voyage dans la lune. And of course there's the Smashing Pumpkins homage to it. I messed around with a few compositions and then made the final sketch:

The idea was to have a wooden backdrop, a circular surround of decotrative wood and 2 layers of cut paper. The moon and grandma hang on a seperate layer. There are also some small accessories like the star and the sun (Who is sleeping in the final one!). I don't have any in-progress photos i'm afraid. I was off work at the time and went into a frenzy of cutting and painting, and emerged without any photos at all. So it's straight to the finished piece:








It was a dream to make it, and now I just have to make sure I wrap it up right and get it there intact!

18 comments:

d. said...

amazing!!
i just love it :)

paolability said...

Oh wow. Really gorgeous.

Karin said...

Soooo beautiful!!!

Mall said...

you're so amazing! I wish I could buy it!

Casey said...

Wow! So inventive and gorgeous!! :)

Abbie said...

Absolutely fabulous! It actually looks just like my grandmother, I was going to see if it was for sale until I read the entire post. The lady who receives this is very blessed!

karin said...

fabulous, what a nice lady in the moon.

lilly piri said...

that is so beautiful!

& im glad to have found your blog!

Green Kitchen said...

It's wonderful!!!!

I've been toying with the idea of making a life size paper moon so we could take photos in it.

Petula Darling said...

That is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Bonjour,
I really love your inspiration (?) and the way you play with paper!
superbe
(sorry about my english..!)

Geek+Nerd said...

This is so stunning!

natasha said...

i just realized i was holding my breath. wow.

Anonymous said...

bonjour,

Quite inspiring even if "old time":
http://pierreg.free.fr/carton/
historiq/pellerin/listp.htm

perhaps you can use this kind of "motor" for some models? :
http://pierreg.free.fr/carton/
historiq/pellerin/cgc557.htm
"Movable model to be propelled by sand. It's more like a toy theater than a model. Two paper strips follow the camshaft"

http://pierreg.free.fr/carton/
historiq/pellerin/cmc1008.htm

gpTau

Cher Ami said...

that is phenomenal, i love the colors..

Suzette M. Morgan said...

That is beautiful, your work is just amazing!

Anonymous said...

Just dropped by to say this is beautiful! The colours, layers...the whole idea! I LOVE it!

Nichola
x

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