This custom kirigami mandala was cut in honor of an Alaskan sea captain.
I have made this one a bit bolder, more masculine, with less filagree and more white space.
Motifs include: fish, stars, and waves. The overall design suggests the four cardinal points, with turtles as the markers. On the north turtle's back is the north star for Alaska. Mermaids hold the Alaska state flower. Above them, like the bust of a statue is the sea captain.
This two-movie papercut was a challenge but I like the result.