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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

11.09.2009

A Daily Dose of Charm

World Market has in stock some really charming cloth animal ornaments with jointed limbs that are priced just under $4 each. The facial features are made with thread -- no choking hazard beads to worry about -- and I can see small children having fun posing the legs. I can also picture these creatures on a Christmas tree inspired by Deyrolle, the natural-history emporium in Paris.

If you're buying gifts for any godchildren this year, another option would be to use one of these animals in combination with Joelle Jolivet's Zoologique. Wrap the oversized book in kraft paper and tie a lion, elephant, kangaroo, or zebra to the present to hint at the contents.

A book that will appeal to grown-ups who appreciate cut-paper arts is Emma Rutherford's Silhouette: The Art of the Shadow. This volume is featured in Elle Decor's beautiful holiday issue.

Art historian Rutherford deals in-depth with the social history of the paper craft, looking back at it's beginnings in the 18th-century, but also discusses Kara Walker's edgier use of the traditional form in her contemporary art.

Click here and here for related past posts about cut-paper arts.

8 comments:

style chronicle said...

Love these! Will have to run over to WM to check them out.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Really looking forward to Silhouette! And, thanks for the heads up - the animal ornaments are adorable.

two hippos said...

I love the Silouette book, its on my wish list! Adorable animals too.

Style Court said...

Hi everyone,

I'm thinking Silhouette would be a really lovely less expected gift to receive. Definitely has crossover appeal. Getting more excited about it!

And I forgot to mention that the animals are wool. So cute in person.

Ideezine said...

Great for some little ones on my gift list this year.

Bette

vicki archer said...

Some wonderful suggestions, thank you....love the little animals, xv.

Karena said...

Those ornaments are adorable! Cannot wait to see the Silhouette book!

The Peak of Chic said...

Those ornaments are THE find of the season Courtney! I want to get some too :)