Thursday, November 14, 2013

Loving Parent - a kirigami papercut

This is the commissioned kirigai papercut I just finished.  It is intended as a gift for a Jungian psychologist who writes about parenting.

Here are the symbols and motifs I included in it:
Around the border are acorns, oak leaves, stars, flowers, and other leaves.  Within that is a circle encompassing all things.
In the center a mother with wild-woman hair embraces two children, a boy and a girl.  Her arms form a heart around them. At her chest is the symbol of a compass - or the cardinal points to guide her. Two trees surround her with deep roots.
The two circles above and below her represent life's dualities: sun above, moon below -- light and darkness, day and night, full and empty, etc.  Beside her are growing things, representing how fruitful her efforts are.

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