Blogging puts me in touch with creative people on a daily basis... I like the way their art or craft inspires me and often results in my looking at the world in new ways. Carol Gearing's eye-catching work is no exception. Recently after I left a comment on her blog, she wrote to thank me and expressed that she too, loves paper. Carol's art cannot be summed up easily, as her accomplishments are so diverse... photography, drawing, painting, writing. One large design project that especially caught my eye was the incorporation of paper art - cutting and sculpture - into an interior space. For this serene entrance hall in a home atop a beautiful Yorkshire dale, Carol cut flowers from ivory handmade cotton rag paper with scalpel and scissors, and then sculpted them by hand before clustering in a clear Perspex box. She wanted to bring the essence of nature into the calm, spacious interior, but not in an obvious way.
paper butterfliesIn the past year Carol approached paper cutting as a relative novice, but soon mastered pristine, organic forms of nature. Carol has been exploring other avenues with her paper art too. She says this Dark Night piece was just a flight of fancy, but it's the most popular image on her Flickr site, way above anything else.Recently Carol was on a path of colorful crepe paper shoes. She made them as more of a personal journey, but they attracted the attention of the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper's Art and Design editor, leading to interest from a New York ad agency. Where will Carol's creativity take her next? She tells me she's been designing patterns based on her sketches and photography that can be used in future projects... glass panels, for example.... think of damask with a twist. Follow Carol's odyssey via her website.