My mum’s birthday was at the end of September, and I knew that I wanted to make her a special papercut. For once, I even knew what the subject would be. When I was little (as in, as soon as I could speak) we used to recite Edward Lear poems together, particularly ‘The Jumblies’ and ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’. I knew how much Mum would love to have a piece of art that recalled those memories.
Most of the design came together very quickly; the Owl, Cat, tree and writing in particular. Strangely, it took longer to work out how to fit in as many elements of the story as possible, and so the quince and the runcible spoon (if you are looking confused, I recommend reading the poem!) were the very last elements to fit together. I was happy with the design overall, although in an ideal world I would have altered the shape of the boat, but more importantly Mum loved it!
I imagine that I’ll go back to The Owl and the Pussycat for inspiration again, since it holds such a special meaning for me. And after all, it’s a fantastic poem – why not?