Ever heard of “paper carving”? Want to try? Maude White is a Buffalo-based artist who has come up with another kind of paper art. She would snip tiny bits of paper only to create some intricate views of birds spreading their wings, elephants dancing, dragons rearing to life and lacy delicate pages.
Actually there is nothing new about this kind of fancy lacy paper art but in White’s hands we feel a new breath of hand-cut designs which could bring imaginative animals or fanciful panoramas to life. Most of White’s creations are cut from plain white paper in crisp simplicity, at times though she would use fading road maps to make her crafty projects.
She has been able to see hidden beauty in unexpected places ever since she was just a kid. As mentioned in her website, “I was always looking underneath objects, or through them. I have always believed that if you look hard enough, you will see something precious and new, or, perhaps, something incredibly ancient and sacred. I feel that there are very few things in the world as reliable and constant as paper,” she says. “Paper is everywhere, and it has been telling stories for centuries.”