Sunday, March 14, 2010

Paper Theatre

"Street Christmas" suggests an urban holiday scene and is my first foray into constructing mixed-media theatres. It combines found paper collage with iridescent paint, glittery traditional snowflake papercuts, machine-embroidered tree and foil wrapper ornaments, ribbon garlands, beaded embellishments and a punched tin star. [Dimensions: opened, 10-1/4" x 13-1/2" x 4-1/4"; closed, 10-1/4" x 8-5/8" x 1/4"]
While paper theatres have been appreciated as more than a children's toy for several hundred years, they continue to inspire childlike wonderment in their make-believe worlds. Applying contemporary mixed media techniques to their construction offers fresh avenues of exploration.