Ruth Mergi Ketubah Circles Multilayer

Sixteen Point Star

33 layers hand-cut paper. 18 x 18 cm.

THIRTY-THREE layers, people! And, if I must toot my own horn, those are very precise little layers. It's tricky getting everything to line up just-so -- it HAS to be just so, or the piece won't work -- and I think the technique here is quite tidy. Patting myself on the back for that one.

I'm definitely enjoying my continued forays into the third dimension. One of the things I love about papercutting is the magic of apparently two-dimensional pieces of paper revealing their actual three-dimensional form.

Here, I'm starting to leave the two-dimensional conceit behind, and am working my way from designing on a plane to designing in space. It makes me realize the extent to which the frame-able, hang-it-on-the-wall papercuts were always actually sculptures, after all.

And it makes me consider the ways in which I could push these designs even further.

This one may not make its way into a ketubah; I rather like it as a stand-alone piece. But it does need companions.

More to come, as always!

~ Ruth

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