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 millybee.com. 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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Last month I played Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical, which was a BLAST. The show combines a whole bunch of Seuss stories and refers to many more. I played a bird who pops pills in order to grow a longer tail and impress Horton the Elephant. Here’s proof:

Seussical the Musical – State College Community Theatre – August 2012

At one point my tail of feather boas was over 40 feet long. Fun times! The venue is a repurposed dairy barn, so it’s an intimate little theatre in the round. Very charming in spite of the lack of air conditioning and, uh, wildlife that occasionally makes an appearance.

During one of our off days, I felt like making Horton. This was a quick cut with no planning, which is why it’s messy. I just modified some Seuss designs and started cutting.

4″ x 6″

I’m also performing in The Man Who Came to Dinner, which opens this Tuesday the 4th and runs through the 15th. If you’re in the State College area, you should come see it! It’s hilarious! More info here.

I have a couple baby showers to attend soon and a commission due later this month, so I’ll have more paper to share soon!

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I think the world needs more geeky papercuts. Here are some of my recent contributions to the cause:

Xenomorph from Ridley Scott’s Alien movies

How about a xenomorph? (alternate angle here.)  I wasn’t sure if the multi-layered black would work, but it does! Hooray!

Aang and Momo from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Yay Momo! He is definitely one of my favorite characters from Avatar: The Last Airbender. The other, of course, is Uncle Iroh.  Did you watch the first season of Korra? I really love Lin and Tenzin. Bolin and Asami are pretty great too. I suppose I’ll have to make some fanart for that as well :)

As promised, a paper indigo snake:

They really are beautiful snakes. Really!  I foresee more science-y papercuts in my future as well.

Oh, and for kicks, an itty bitty lizard. He lives in an Eppendorf tube. Yay!

That’s it for now. Hopefully more to come in the near future!

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First off, thanks to University of Michigan Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department for the shout-out on their alumni news page.

Fittingly, a little ecology is also what has been keeping me from paper cutting this month. You can follow the action (once we get a more stable internet connection) at my lab’s 2012 field blog.

We have caught a boatload of fence lizards in our tour of the south.

male Eastern fence lizard, Sceloporus undulatus

Males can be really quite beautiful–this one is all full of testosterone and ready to mate.

In a week or so I will return to Pennsylvania for some lab work and hope to start up the paper cutting on my return! First in the queue: a paper indigo snake. Oh yes.

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