Wedding commission – paper cat!

I was recently commissioned to make a papercut of someone’s cat for their wedding gift. Here are the results!

December 2014 | 5"x7"

December 2014 | 5″x7″

Curious about how this came together? Watch a “making-of” video here:

These make great gifts–for weddings, anniversaries, or birthdays. Pets or people work great…or something geeky! Check out my flyer for more info, and don’t hesitate to send me an email if you are interested or have any questions.

Happy new year!

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Xenomorph Mandala

There is a strange love for the Alien movie franchise in our household. An alien queen may adorn our mantlepiece, for example, and my xenomorph papercutting is close at hand!

June 2012 | 5"x5"

June 2012 | 5″x5″

This summer, my boyfriend (Richard Scott) designed a mandala based on the franchise, and I love it! Pardon the delay in posting it here. I hope the wait was worth it!

June 2014 | 12"x12"

June 2014 | 12″x12″

I’m secretly hoping he’ll design a few more sci-fi mandalas for me… We have some great ideas in the works!

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New Mandala

My new year is shaping up to be full of science (who’s surprised?), but I did manage to sneak in an art day a few weeks ago. Hooray!

January 2014 | 8"x8"

January 2014 | 8″x8″


One of my mandalas (pictured below) will be available at a silent auction this Sunday in State College, PA. This wine, food, music, and art event is a fundraiser for State College Community Theatre. To learn more , check out the event page or the SCCT website. Tickets are available at the door, so if you have last minute cravings for music and wine, you should check it out!

March 2011 | 8"x8"

It could be yours!

My boyfriend is also designing a pretty awesome mandala. I can’t wait to make it when he’s finished! Also, a tutorial for how to design your own paper snowflakes is coming soon!

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Puppies for Christmas

Some Christmas papercuts!


Tali 5×7
Dec 2013


Pip 5×7
Dec 2013

My boyfriend’s dogs are quirky and adorable and are pretty darn awesome. They were a lot of fun to convert into paper. Here are the two framed:

IMG_1949 framed

In other news, my research lab had a grand time cutting animal snowflakes this month. Pictures and a tutorial for how to design your own snowflakes coming soon! In the meantime, follow the link for templates to make your own frog, lizard, ant, and snake snowflakes!

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New Photo-Cut with WIP video

I’m done with all required classes for my PhD! Hooray! I still might sit in on a few more, but at least those checkboxes are checked! This term was pretty busy (big surprise), but I decided to take a sanity day before exams started. Here is the result:

4"x6" | April 2013


This is based on a stock photograph found here. Curious how the layers stack up? Here’s a WIP video for this piece:

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Still Alive!

Yes, I’m still alive! I have been busy with life and science and haven’t had much time for paper cutting lately. I hope to remedy that soon! Once I submit this manuscript…  Ah well. I realized that I never posted this mandala that I made in November during a craft night. Let’s fix that:

November 2012 | 8"x8"

November 2012 | 8″x8″

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Cats and adorable things

I have always wanted to convert photographs of animals into paper, and a recent commission provided the perfect opportunity!

I really like how the second one turned out. Both are only 4″x4″.

Also, as promised, here are some quick baby shower cards based on designs from Both are for grad students in my lab–one is due this week!

It has been a terribly busy month. I know, I keep saying that, but this time I mean it! My last show, The Man Who Came to Dinner, went off wonderfully. And what a fun show it was!   Nevertheless, I was very ready for a little break from theatre so I could get caught up on the rest of life…

But then I learned that State College Community Theatre was holding auditions for David Auburn’s fabulous play, Proof.  If you’re not familiar with the play, you should really make a point to see or read it. There’s even a movie if that’s more your speed. Proof is a beautiful play about a young woman who is coming to terms with the recent death of her father, who was a brilliant, if unstable, mathematician. She questions her own mathematical abilities and her sanity while confronting her estranged sister and her feelings toward one of her father’s graduate students. It’s really quite wonderful.  I fell in love with the play a few years ago when I performed the first scene for a class. I decided that I would hate myself if I didn’t at least audition for the show. How often do opportunities likes these present themselves?

And, what do you know, I got the part! It is a very challenging show, and my character is on stage for all but three pages, so there are a LOT of lines to learn. It’s also an incredibly short rehearsal process (two and a  half weeks–eek!). But it is SO worth it. Balancing life and rehearsals has been a challenge, but I am very excited for this show!  If you find yourself in central Pennsylvania this month, you should definitely see it. Performances are Oct 11 – 21st at the State Theatre Attic (a very intimate space!). More information can be found here.

I have promised the Science Gods that once the show is over I will devote my energies toward their whims and fancies. Still, I’m sure some paper art will sneak in there somewhere…

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