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Lost Days Video Short by Leslie Fandrich

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Sun soaked and wistful, this beautiful video short by my dear friend Regina Garcia totally made my day yesterday. It makes me yearn for summer (and youth if we are being totally honest here.)

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Regina told me about filming this last summer in Canada with Goh Iromoto and I couldn't wait to see it. They didn't disappoint. I want to be that girl in the film. I love every single scene but especially the night scene by the bonfire. It's just gorgeous.

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Regina and I went to college together and I have always loved her approach to photography and styling. She has always photographed beautiful strong women and her portraits of children (including my own Milo and Quinn) are fun and playful.

Keep an eye on her, I think she has even more beautiful, creative work to come.

Yearlong Creative Projects by Leslie Fandrich

Oh how I admire yearlong creative projects. The dedication, the planning and the thought that goes into these just blows me away. I'd like to do my own someday, I think, but for now I will just admire them from afar.

Check out this video. Jonathan Britnell shot video every single day last year and used one second from each day to make this incredibly moving portrait of his life.

Amazing, right?

Last year, Amy Turn Sharp wrote one poem every day, and Lisa Congdon posted an illustrated quote to her blog every day. I loved those two projects and they were so inspiring to me throughout the year.

This year, Lisa is teaming up with Maria Popova from Brain Pickings (one of my favorite places to find cool new ideas) to publish the site The Reconstructionists. It launched today with four portraits and biographies of incredible women who changed the way we see the world. Read more about it on Lisa's blog.

Each Monday they will post a new portrait and I'm looking forward to seeing who they will feature. Joan of Arc? Nora EphronMarie CurieAmelia Earhart? This is such a brilliant idea, I wish I had thought of it myself!

I did some research for my son's science fair last year and I was amazed at the small number of women scientists I could find information for. I used Jane Goodall and Mae Jamison in the materials I prepared and it got me thinking about how we present role models to our young girls (and boys too!) It's so important to present a balanced view of both genders (and all races) so that we can all find someone we can see ourselves in. Hopefully this site will go a long way to making role models for our girls more accessible.

Are there any year-long creative projects that you know of? Are you doing one yourself? Please let me know in the comments!

xo

Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer and Cut Paper Inspiration by Leslie

Neil Gaiman tipped me off to both of the fabulous cut paper videos in this post. He is, if you haven't already heard, my favorite author. He seems to be fan of cut paper because the recent collaboration between him and Amanda Palmer (his new wife, who I also adore) uses the fantastic cut paper graphic above. Yes, that is a Tardis on the table. I wished I could have attended one the concerts, but they were all on the west coast, so instead I contributed to the Kickstarter for a signed CD which I am anxiously waiting for! They did send out a digital teaser EP (read a review of the concert and the EP) and it's a wonderful hint of what will likely be an epic collection of music performed by AFP, stories read by NG and awesome Q & A's with them together. I love the stuff these two are doing together.

Back to the cut paper though, Neil Gaiman tweeted about both of these videos and I think they are amazing. The amount of work that must have gone into them is astounding. Stop motion has an incredible quality to it. 

Still image from Josh Ritter's video for Love Is Making Its Way Back Home.

The first video is for Josh Ritter's new song Love Is Making Its Way Back Home. "This video was created with over 12,000 pieces of construction paper, shown as it was shot, with no effects added in post." 

The second video is from The New Zealand Book Council and it was posted a couple of years ago so you may have seen it, but it's worth a re-watch even if you have. So beautiful. From The Inspiration Room: "New Zealand Book Council runs readings, recitals, school programmes, seminars and festivals throughout the country, bringing the magic of NZ literature to life for New Zealanders. The organisation has worked with Colenso BBDO and Andersen M Studio to produce a 2 minute promotion bringing to life Maurice Gee’s 1993 novel, “Going West”."

For some more cut paper inspiration check out this book that I first read about on Terra Savvy. It's got all kinds of excellent cut paper art featured in it, although I was somewhat disappointed that the cover is not actually cut paper. I suppose I should have expected that, for a mass produced book, but still. It's ABOUT cutting paper, it's not cut paper itself.

Paper Cutting Book: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft (image from Paper Crave)

My favorites in the book, which features 26 contemporary artists, are Peter Callesen, Su Blackwell and Mia Pearlman. I also love what Thomas Allen is doing with the vintage pulp paperbacks. His use of photography is as critical to the mood of his paper cuts as the cut paper. The fabulous cover of the book is by Elsa Mora.

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One of the most interesting, beautiful and intricate paper/book cutting projects I have ever seen is the work of Alexander Korzer-Robinson. He cuts encyclopedias and reveals the images inside. The overlaps and compositions are created entirely by where things are on the page. He cuts everything away to reveal what he wants to. It's simply amazing the juxtapositions and combinations that are created. 

Day Of The Dead from the Meyers Series by Alexander Korzer-Robinson.

From the artist's website: "By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself."

For more inspiration, check out these links:

The Heart of Papercuts

Wikipedia: Paper Cutting

Paper Cutting Traditions

Cut paper silhouettes of pop cultural figures. A solo show from Olly Moss.

Scherenschnitte: Cindy Ferguson

Paper cutting images on Google.