Now I’ve Done It.

by Stefani on 15-November-2007

Climb

Okay, so this is where I get all sheepish.

:: draws circles in the sand with shoe ::

For a while now, I’ve been exploring the world of cut paper. I’ve been inspired in so many ways and by so many incredible artists. Jen Stark, Nikki McClure, Wilhelm Staehle, Kara Walker , Brian Dettmer and even Hans Christian Andersen, whom I did not know until very recently was an amazing paper craftsman. (Thank you Highlights Magazine for bringing it to my attention 🙂

So with shakey fingers and a hopeful heart, I began my paper cutting journey.

Late at night, when my men go to sleep, I bring out the sketches I’ve done throughout the day, at the park, over breakfast, at the post office, and see if my X-acto can’t bring them to life.

Out of Her Hand

As it turns out, for better or for worse, I really very much enjoy both the cutting and the dreaming about the lives and stories of the characters that emerge from the knife.

To my great honor many of you have said that you’ve enjoyed my cuttings as well.

Imagine how surprised I was when few of you even emailed and asked if I would be willing to sell my work!

Rocking Horse Fly

I cannot tell you how touching and sweet a feeling that is.

I really love the idea that my little internal stories and paper cuts will find their way into the homes of the friends that I’ve come to know and love here in the land of Blog.

So, there it is.

I’ve opened up a shop on Etsy. The folks who were instrumental in its beginnings, had a sneak preview and have already bought me out, but there is more to come.

I will be stocking the shop with original cuttings, a limited number of prints of those same cuttings, as well as some prints and postcards of my photos. As of now, the big update will occur on Sunday night. As it gets closer, I will try to nail down the time a little better.

Photo Postcards

A sincere and humble thanks to all of you who have been so encouraging. For once in my life, I don’t even know what to say.

Sarah Jackson November 15, 2007 at 5:47 pm

Hooray for you Stefani! I can’t wait to hang a Blue Yonder original on my wall.

Cheryl November 15, 2007 at 6:04 pm

I have to say Stefani, I’ve been completely captivated by your cutouts since the moment you began posting them. Good luck in your Etsy endeavors. I look forward to taking a peek.

emily November 15, 2007 at 6:22 pm

yay! you. look forward to seeing the shop on sunday!

Alicia A. November 15, 2007 at 7:24 pm

I’ll be there!

Loribird November 15, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Hooray! I just found you last weekend, and I’m already smitten with the cutouts. Keep up the good work – no need to be bashful!

Loribird November 15, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Hooray! I just found you last weekend, and I’m already smitten with the cutouts. Keep up the good work – no need to be bashful!

melissa November 15, 2007 at 8:16 pm

congratulations! your work is beautiful – i’m looking forward to the shop updates to come.

cloth.paper.string November 15, 2007 at 8:36 pm

yay for you, stefani! can’t wait to visit your shop. happy cutting.

grace November 15, 2007 at 8:53 pm

i second everyone else. I’ve thought these were great since the beginning too and I can’t wait to get my own.

Lori November 15, 2007 at 8:55 pm

yay! :^) congratulations on the shop, and keep making your beautiful art.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ” – Anais Nin

kelly November 15, 2007 at 9:34 pm

Congrats! This is very exciting! -kb

Kris November 16, 2007 at 4:35 am

((Stefani))
Brilliant!
~Kris

millie November 16, 2007 at 5:34 am

Congratulations on your etsy shop! You go, girl.

Diane November 16, 2007 at 5:40 am

Hurray! I’m so glad you’re taking the Etsy plunge! I LOVE the one at the top of this post!!

Tracy November 16, 2007 at 5:50 am

Oh Stefani, congratulations. And good luck!

Jessica Hood November 16, 2007 at 6:00 am

this is wonderful stef! let me know when you have some items listed & i’ll feature you on funky finds!

beki November 16, 2007 at 6:29 am

How wonderful Stefani! Congratulations!!

mountain mama November 16, 2007 at 6:32 am

Yay, Stefani!!! I bet it feels good knowing you sold some already!! I will be keeping an eye on your shop for something that just knocks me off my feet! (As if they don’t already!)

Jade November 16, 2007 at 6:50 am

You go girl!!! I’m so proud… sniff… sniff…

stephanie November 16, 2007 at 6:54 am

They are beautiful. I especially love the one with the tree & bird. Congratulations. 🙂

inka November 16, 2007 at 8:19 am

these are so amazing stefani!!
keep on working with them. 🙂

Heather November 16, 2007 at 8:26 am

They are beautiful, and I’m glad you opend up a shop. It’s sort of funny, today on my blog I announced my shop opening too. Our shops share birthdays 🙂 good luck, and happy cutting.

erin November 16, 2007 at 8:35 am

oh this is so good to hear! go stefani go!

lina November 16, 2007 at 10:03 am

Fantastic news Stefani. Your paper cuts and photos are so creative and fun – wishing you lots of luck and sales at Etsy!

Sarah November 16, 2007 at 10:11 am

I’m very excited for you! I know what you mean about the exacto knife, there’s something surprising and calming about it. You have to be quiet and pay attention to the smooth movements of the knife, and you can’t wait to see what it looks like in the end.

=^..^= November 16, 2007 at 10:32 am

Good for you ! The cutting you did of the lady with the curly hair is stunning. Hope you do a few more like her sometime soon !

Question – I have wanted (for years) to print some of my photos onto notecards, but have been unable to find a vendor who can do this for me at a reasonable price. Where do you plan to get yours printed ???

Su November 16, 2007 at 10:47 am

Remember me. . I emailed you after finding your blog a few weeks ago? Anyway, I am proud of you. I actually copied the words that your wrote about that woman with the wind blowing in her hair . the one your son was so frustrated about. I actually copied your description (the words) of her in my journal because I felt like yeah, that’s me, that’s how I feel, she (meaning you) just put into words what is stirring in my heart. So just an idea. . but perhaps on the back of each print you could put a description. . because you know, you are just as talented with the written word as you are with that xacto knife. Blessings on your art. Sincerely, Su

Meredith November 16, 2007 at 11:12 am

I’m impressed enough that you can sketch those images, much less x-acto them too!
Way to go!

molly November 16, 2007 at 2:10 pm

Yay! You did it. Can’t wait to see more!

Katherine November 16, 2007 at 4:13 pm

I’ve got two, TWO! And they are mine mine mine! Muahhahahahahah…. Better buy fast cause I have a feeling about this woman and I am snapping up her work. I think its fabulous. I can’t wait to get my first two in the mail. I’m starting a collection.

tania November 16, 2007 at 6:20 pm

this is so exciting for you and for us!Congratulations on your newest adventure!!! How cool is this!!! I am so excited for you.

Sarah November 16, 2007 at 7:29 pm

oh so sad! i was reading your post and looking at the pictures thinking “i wonder if she’d sell me one of these for pepper’s room” and then i saw your etsy link, clicked immediately and everything was already sold!

love your cuttings, you’re so very talented.

Anne November 16, 2007 at 11:08 pm

This is good news! I look forward to seeing your shop.

kristin November 17, 2007 at 6:04 am

i’m there.

way to go.

kirsten November 17, 2007 at 6:24 am

a little late to the party, but congrats and good luck, stefani!

brit November 17, 2007 at 1:15 pm

these prints are great! May I suggest a christmas card line? I can’t wait till something stays in your shop long enough for me to lust after it properly!!

molly November 17, 2007 at 4:55 pm

oh my. I feel like such a bad friend that I didn’t know about this…but this post didn’t even show up in my feeds! I am so so so excited about this. (And it makes me feel so honored to have a little preview of it all sitting on my desk at home.)
you are going to be amazing! amazing.
can’t wait.

sarah November 17, 2007 at 10:02 pm

first of all, the green background against that bright white is so fabulous.

congrats on going public with your work. it can be so scary putting yourself out there, right? but what a brave step. i can’t wait to see the update… the photo of the prints has piqued my interest.

ps. don’t you just love moleskines?

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