Wintery diorama - work in progress…

Wintery diorama - work in progress…

Well, it’s that time of year again, and the festive greeting cards aren’t going to make themselves! As we don’t all celebrate Christmas (and if we do we don’t necessarily celebrate it in the same way) I prefer to think of a festive greeting card as just another way to say hello to friends and family and send some ‘good vibes’ out in to the world for now and the new year ahead.

This year, having been inspired by the papercuts of Rob Ryan (which I saw recently at the Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair, and liked very much) and Hans Christian Andersen (link via Camilla) I decided to try my hand at papercutting a wintery forest, and to complete the scene enlisted the help of a bellowing black stag in a snowdome and a couple of wooden polar bear cubs (who usually live on a windowsill that is drenched in direct sunlight for most of the day – on those days when the sun is shining – and who were therefore very happy to frolic in a wintery landscape for a little while).

The papercutting was good fun, as was setting up the diorama and fiddling with the lighting etcetera before photographing the final scene(s).

Here are some pictures of the work in progress…

Wintery diorama - work in progress…

Wintery diorama - work in progress…

Wintery diorama - work in progress…

Wintery diorama - work in progress…

And some of the final contenders to be printed and hand-mounted onto cards (a great excuse to visit my new favourite paper shop!):

Wintery diorama - final card design contenders…

Wintery diorama - final card design contenders…

The funny-looking little polar bear pictured at the beginning of this post was handmade using Fimo but I decided to use the wooden polar bears above (made by Ostheimer) in the final set-up (I preferred the ‘minimalism’ of just two materials – the pale wood and paper –  rather than three materials).

Ostheimer are based in Germany and make beautiful handcrafted wooden toys – you can check some of the Ostheimer range out at Myriad Natural Toys. Unfortunately image quality on the Myriad website isn’t great, so the images really don’t do the animals justice. Here’s a close-up of one of the bears used in the above diorama:

Ostheimer handmade wooden polar bear