As a parent you sort of fall into it: crafting. It’s nearly unavoidable. Not that anyone should want to avoid it.
The satisfying crunch of scissors plowing through bright construction paper, the weirdly sweet smell of glue, the discarded wads of bunched up tape, these are all parts of the memories you may have had yourself, or helping your kid, crafting popsicle sticks into wonderful architectural travesties or working uncooked noodles into a Macaroni Lisa not-so-masterpiece.
I ran across something that made me reassess everything I’d ever crafted or seen crafted by my kids, or anyone. Ever.
Paper. Paper come to life. Brought to life. The papercuts of Peter Callesen.
Papercuts by Peter Callesen.
Visit petercallesen.com to view more of this amazing artist’s works.
The artist has taken the art of crafting paper to such great heights that you almost feel like it’s an injustice to ever again fold a piece of paper or hold a pair of scissors in your hand.
The required skill and care to control such an unlikely and fickle medium is awe inspiring; paper doesn’t seem to want to be crafted. It doesn’t stay the way you want it to and you can’t uncut it when a trim goes awry. It’s possible that, for him, it lays down to pose willingly like Rose in Titanic, but for the rest of us it’s more like a drunkard being evicted by a squad of police.
Looking further, these meticulous shapes and figures are also imbued with significance and a kind of visual poetry. Such breathtaking ingenuity, where even the shape and silhouette of the cutout holes are part of the art.
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” —Michelangelo
Crafting with you kids doesn’t have to be fine art, of course, but it can be so much fun and such a creative outlet. For BOTH of you.
There’s no reason it can’t enter into the realm of art.
Maybe your kid will look at the paper the two of you are working with one day and see something more. Something within. Maybe he or she will see the shapes in the paper, and bring them to life.
Or maybe it’ll be macaroni.
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