In addition to the usual referring URL's, there were two from sites never before seen. The insomniac didn't bother clicking on the one from livepornofeeds.com but, being the inquisitive person she is, did investigate the other one and discovered Doppelgänger - a brand new blog written by artist Danielle Luckenbill Mock of Papercuttings, who creates traditional and contemporary scherenschnitte. The insomniac would like to express her gratitude to Danielle for unknowingly assisting her with a topic for this week's post - because up until late yesterday, it was definitely leaning heavily towards an announcement of last week's Giveaway winners and nothing more.
Scherenschnitte, meaning “scissor cuts” in German, is the traditional art of papercutting, and originated in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century. It was brought to Colonial America in the 18th century by immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania.
Some of the insomniac's favourite examples of scherenschnitte are the silhouettes of Lotte Reiniger, who created animated films of traditional fairytales using the technique - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel and Thumbelina being a small sampling. While not as intricate as more traditional scherenschnitte, the insomniac finds these very appealing - probably due in part to their purple backgrounds.
The lack of a purple background is more than compensated for by the inclusion of bats. And a spider. And a skeleton ...
|Google research says it's from the Frog Prince,|
but that looks more like Puss in Boots ...
One mentioned a scherenschnitte card purchased in an Austrian folk art shop last year which will one day be framed, and Danielle asked to see a picture of it. One thought it wiser to share it before the move, since there's always a slight chance it could be mistakenly filed away with the income tax receipts, never to be seen again ...
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The insomniac is greatly looking forward to future posts and seeing more of Danielle's art, and would also like to inquire whether she does skulls. And ravens. Because she'd like to purchase one of each, so the scherenschnitte owl won't feel so bereft hanging on the wall by himself. In the new house. If we ever find one. So obviously there's no rush, Danielle.
Of course, after Googling scherenschnitte, the insomniac ran across this book which is now on her Amazon Wishlist. It's probably not even necessary to mention she has no intention whatsoever of purchasing the book ...
|No. Intention. Whatsoever.|
Congratulations to the winner's of last week's Giveaway - V'kronia V., winner of Gothic & Lolita and Laura Morrigan, winner of 1000 Steampunk Creations. The insomniac hopes you'll both spend many enjoyable sleepless nights with the new additions to your libraries.
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.