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Holland Herald, Cover Illustration for Winter 2012

I am so impressed with the intricate hand cut paper art of Helen Musselwhite. Her 3D dioramas are so well done, it is easy to get lost inside these whimsical little vignettes. I love the soft warm glow she achieved in this piece above using LEDs. What a clever way to integrate electronics into your work, but not in an obvious way.

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Big Little Fox

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Ghost Butterflies

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Happy House in a glass dome

Helen shares a tiny glimpse into her process;

My pieces usually start with some words that are relevant or descriptive and a really quick thumbnail sketch. I enlarge this and work from it, as I find the first sketch captures a spontaneity that is hard to replicate. Next, I use tracing paper to work out the layers and to transfer the line drawing onto the reverse of the paper.

Be sure to check out Helen’s website for even more of her amazing work!