Monday, January 31, 2011

twice upon a time diorama

papercut study of an illustration by Adrienne Adams




Well, the duvet cover is still not done but I have this on my mantel now. It's from an illustration by Adrienne Adams that I just adore, in Twice Upon A Time. I found myself staring at it a lot and since I was unwilling to rip out the page and frame it, I made this instead.


I found the book (published 1973) at the thrift shop. I confess I just bought it for the illustrations. Really the story is not destined to be a classic (my apologies, Mr. Shapiro, and to anyone for whom this book is a childhood favorite). It's about a story teller named Rambling Richard who finds himself thrown in jail in the boastful city of Gib Gib.


This is the page that I lifted for the diorama. I just love this illustration. Rambling Richard is on his way to the inn to pay for his room with a story called "How The World Shrank To The Size Of A Pea And Was Swallowed By An Oyster". As unlikely as it seems, this is not why he was thrown in jail. I love Adrienne Adams' style and something about this particular illustration just compelled me to tackle it in cut paper - all the right angles, the stepped progression into the distance, the blues, the greens, all the tiny tiny lit windows. Here are some other pages in the book:



 
The finished piece, framed and on the mantel, so now I can stare at it all the time. The diorama is 11.5 x 11.5 inches and the frame is 20.5 x 20.5 inches, same size as Red. Pardon the swatches of blue paint on the wall there. I'm so excited to be finally picking new paint colors for my living room/dining/kitchen/master bedroom. So long overdue. I can hardly wait for the painter to get started. Oyster-y color in the kitchen, the perfect, perfect blue for the main living/dining (Sherwin Williams Rainwashed), and my bedroom will be (I think) creamy white. One day, after it is all complete and the house is picked up for some reason, I will take photos.

26 comments:

  1. Wow! Beautifully done. I too would stare at it. It tells it's own story.

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  2. I love it! The Red riding hood one is also wonderful.

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  3. This is really great! I was already impressed with you sneak peak. But the whole thing in all it's glory, well, it is glorious. I think my favorite part is the rooftops.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  4. It's beautiful, Larissa! You are going to have so many people standing there just staring at it when they come over. Better get the hardwood down soon so a whole doesn't get worn in your carpet. :)

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  5. Wow! You do such an awesome job with your dioramas! I love this one, too!

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  6. Can I tell you how much I am in awe of your paper creations? Once again, you have created a wonderful masterpiece. I find your work so inspiring!
    ~natalie
    http://vegetablog.wordpress.com

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  7. This turned out amazing! Can I hire you to make fairy tales for my mantel? :) Thank you again for sharing. BTW, where do you find those awesome display frames? Are they only at IKEA (we don't have one here).

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  8. Oh, that is so cool. And your all white frame really does it justice. I love it. I saw the beauty in that picture after you pointed out what you saw, but I don't think I ever would have noticed it without you pointing it out. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  9. This is fabulous! What a great idea and excellent execution.

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  10. The book's illustrations remind me of the style used in Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Love it! How in the world do you cut to straight and so neat?

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  11. Ooh! Pretty!!! I might just try one myself one of these days... I did buy the paper some time ago...

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  12. That is LOVELY!! I WISH I were as talented as you!~~~

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  13. Hey, thanks everybody! Wow. Thanks. I do love it so. and I actually sewed some on the duvet cover the other day so I'm feeling very pleased with that. Until I remember about having to do one for Thing 2.

    Jessica, um, I really don't think there will be a traffic problem. Probably I'm the only one obsessed with the image. Ha. Also, I don't get to have hardwood in the living room, just the kitchen. But I'm thrilled to be getting rid of the nasty vinyl.

    Kadybug, I would totally hire myself out to make paper art full time if I could clone myself to do all the other stuff that needs doin. You know, the child raisin, the teaching, the food cooking and wifely wifing. Yes, those frames are only at IKEA. Sorry.

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  14. Really, really beautiful, Larissa. That book was a great find; too bad the illustrations outshine the story. I'm with Chris. I immediately thought of Eyvind Earle (whom I love so much) when I saw this. If I had your diorama gift, I'd be all over lifting some of his concept art for my mantel. And your mushrooms. I may lift those, too.

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  15. Thanks, Bob! Agreed about EE. You are giving me all kinds of birthday gift ideas! :-)

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  16. Wow, this is truly beautiful!

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  17. You are INCREDIBLE! I love your work, love your blog, love you! Oh, yeah. And a few entries ago, you made me laugh about how we Southerners reacted to the snow storm three weeks ago. I live in Marietta, GA, and I was stuck in the house for days with two kids, a husband, and that...that thing they call a dog. Your blog made me smile.

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  18. Angie, you are too too kind, dear. Shout out to a fellow Metro Atlantan! You made me smile so we're even (that thing they call a dog). Re: the Apocalyptic Ice Storm of 2011, I know right? Inside for daaaaaays. Good thing I had plenty of coffee and popcorn. (I'm also not a fan of dogs in the house. That is why we have a tank of fish.)

    (now I feel I must clarify for those of you animal lovers who are angrily canceling your subscription right now, I do like doggies. Just not in my house.)

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  19. Simply stunning! You should sell your dioramas in your shop...i would LOVE to have one!

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  20. Watching your dioramas develop over the years has inspired me to try my own. I'm thinking that my house would be a good subject -- no curves! And staying up late shouldn't be a problem. LOL It's finding a frame.

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  21. I'm with Kim. I would totally buy any and all of your dioramas. I would sacrifice...okay, I'm going there...my daily Starbucks whatever to have something you created! Oh, and I sent $5 to your PayPal account just to let you know I'm serious. Sent it the other day just because your blog makes me happppyyyyyy!

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  22. It's marvelous! I'm sorry to hear that the book isn't as good as the illustrations. :) We're always looking for a good read in our house. Thanks for brightening my afternoon with YOUR beautiful art.

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  23. I love this! I actually love all of your paper art and dioramas. When I see a new one I feel so inspired to try one myself. One of these days... :)

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  24. What an incredible talent you have!

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  25. I love the diorama! I have some old children's books I have been acting around for 20 years because I love the illustrations...thank you for sharing! I love, love, love it!

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