Author Archives: Gail McCormick

About Gail McCormick

Science writer at Penn State University; papercrafter, ecologist, theatre-lover.

Mass Production

Merry Christmas! This year’s Christmas ornament was an experiment in mass production: I’ve never made 6 of the same design in one sitting before! I even made a pattern to work from, which I almost never do.  Here’s the end result: My … Continue reading

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8-bit fun

2016 has been an eventful year for many reasons, including for me personally. In May I graduated from Penn State with a PhD in Ecology (wooooooo!), this summer I spent a few months in Alaska for an internship and then vacation, and, … Continue reading

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Chairs, Puppies, and Ornaments

The end of 2015 was busy, as usual. Perhaps most notably, I successfully defended my PhD dissertation! I hope that means I will have more time for artwork in 2016 :) As a celebratory gift, my mother made this extraordinary quilt for me. … Continue reading

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Penn State Research Magazine Paper Cuts

I am so excited to finally share my latest paper cuts with you! This summer, I was commissioned to create three paper cut illustrations for a story about the evolution of skin color in the Penn State Research magazine. The story … Continue reading

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Wedding commission – paper cat!

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

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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! This summer, my boyfriend (Richard Scott) designed a mandala based … Continue reading

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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!   One of my mandalas (pictured below) will be available at a … Continue reading

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