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Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Blog, News, Papercutting, Sculpture | 13 comments

My December Show.

My December Show.

* I am very excited working for a show with an international group of artists. Please, save the date if you’re going to be in Los Angeles, CA! I would love to see you at the gallery. Opening: December 7th, 2013 Where: Couturier Gallery The show will be up through January 4, 2014. I will give you details about the other artists as soon as I get more information. Below is the corner of my studio that I use as a mini photographic station. I have been taking pictures of the pieces for the show from here. This is one of the pieces for the show, taken with my iPad and edited with Snapseed, to make it look like an object found in the garbage can. ↓ Another dirty picture, but a bit cleaner than the previous one ↓ But don’t worry, I promise to share clean pictures of all the pieces from my new blog about papercutting, which should be up and running next week. I cannot wait! Happy...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Blog, Illustration, Paper, Papercutting | 16 comments

Paper Illustrations and my New Blog About Papercutting.

Paper Illustrations and my New Blog About Papercutting.

* Dear friend, I have enjoyed building my new blog about papercutting so much. It has been lots of work and lots of learning. But there is nothing more exciting than learning and building new things. If everything goes as planned, you will finally see the blog next week. I cannot wait! Below are some of the pieces that you will find on the store associated to the new blog. Engagement Ring ↓ Building the new shop was as demanding as building the blog. The entire process took me about a year. But it was a great school as well. I decided to go with Shopify. The feedback that I can give you so far is very positive. But only time will tell me how things will work. I want to experience it for a year and see how I like it. Birdwatching ↓ For the blog I used WordPress, the same platform that I use for Art is a Way. I am in love with WordPress and its community of creative people. The...

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Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Blog, Illustration, Papercutting | 4 comments

Paper Characters.

Paper Characters.

  Here are some paper characters that I created just for fun. Paper is such a wonderful material. You can make almost anything with it. From simple things such as these animals, to sophisticated sculptures or papercuts. I can’t wait to finish my new blog about papercutting. Building it has been a slow but enjoyable process. Happy Monday! Elsita...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Blog, Categories (1), Paper, Papercutting | 15 comments

The Mystery Box.

The Mystery Box.

* Here is something that I made with paper. It starts up by being a little box with a skirt on the front. But then, as you start opening the box, a mysterious woman with a cat appears. She is holding a big hair comb. Why is the woman there? What is she going to do with the comb? Why is the cat smiling? … I made this just for fun.  Because sometimes I need to drop all the “serious” things that I am doing, so I can get lost in the silly side of my...

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Blog, Categories (1), Papercutting, Sculpture | 26 comments

My Latest Paper Sculptures.

My Latest Paper Sculptures.

  Dear friend, In December of this year, I will be part of a show with different artists that work with paper. The show is being curated by Jay Reto and it will take place at Couturier Gallery here in Los Angeles, CA. These are some pieces that I am creating for that show. They are all part of a larger work that goes framed in a shadow box. I just wanted to give you a little advance of what I am doing in the paper department. More pictures will be coming soon! PS. To have an idea of the size, the largest piece in the photo below is about 13 inches tall.  ...

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Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in Blog, Design, Illustration, Papercutting | 19 comments

My Papercuts in Real Simple Magazine

My Papercuts in Real Simple Magazine

  Dear friend, I’m excited to tell you that four of my papercuts appear in the latest edition of  Real Simple. Back in May, talented Alex Mooney (Senior Designer at Real Simple and a wonderful person) commissioned me to create some pieces for an article about family roots by Sarah Engler. Working with Alex was such a great experience. She knows how to get things right because she’s an artist herself. Check out her website to see it with your own eyes. Her work has won SPD, AI-AP, and ADC awards. The love and attention to detail that goes into the making of this magazine is inspiring. It is also tons of work for someone like Alex, who has to consistently keep up a great communication with different artists. But that is why Real Simple has so many loyal fans everywhere. Behind anything good there are unique people giving their best. I want to thank Sarah Engler for her article. She inspired me to do something that I never thought about before: starting my family tree. I...

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Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Blog, News, Papercutting | 4 comments

My Google+

My Google+

* Dear friend, Once my new blog about papercutting goes live, I will be sharing everything paper-related from Google+. Below you see 2 of the banners that I put together for my account. I decided to go with the dark one. If you’re already on Google+, I would love for us to be connected over there. Please add me to your circles, here is my profile. I can’t wait to finish my blog about papercutting. It has taken longer than I planned because so many unplanned things have happened! But that’s how real life goes. We just need to stay flexible and keep moving at a realistic...

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Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Blog, Papercutting | 16 comments

A New Papercut

A New Papercut

  I want to end the week with this papercut titled: The Scape of a Secret Idea. When I make a piece like this, I normally leave the pencil marks on the back, but this time I decided to leave them on the front. I think that they make the work look more human.       Looking at the closeups, I enjoy how the cuts say a slightly different story than the pencil lines. Just like in life, you have a general idea of what you want, but as soon as you put it in practice, it never comes out with mathematical precision.     So, the “secret” message that this piece wants to communicate is: Run away from perfection if you want to move in the direction of  progress.     February has been an intense month for me over here. I had to deal with different family related  issues and work. But everything is OK, mainly because I kept in mind that imperfection is an organic part...

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Blog, Categories (2), Paper, Papercutting | 11 comments

“Marbled” Paper

“Marbled” Paper

  The other day, while visiting the art  store, a piece of beautiful marbled paper caught me attention. I spent a few minutes studying the mesmerizing patterns. Then my brain started getting excited and in a”loud” voice it said: HOW ABOUT CREATING A SIMILAR EFFECT USING CUT PAPER??!! OK, I responded, but first you need to calm down and focus on what we came here for, let’s talk about that when we get home. That’s exactly what my brain and I did. Once in my studio, we spent hours working on our experiment. I felt like Einstein. It was extremely exciting seeing a bunch of cut  paper turn into something so psychedelic.   ↑This is the piece that I created with the basic pattern. It took forever to carefully cut each layer with scissors. ↑ After the basic piece with the layers was finished, I scanned it at high-resolution to generate the rectangle above. Then, I digitally arranged this rectangle to form the first image that you saw on...

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Blog, Papercutting | 17 comments

My Latest Paper Sculptures

My Latest Paper Sculptures

                Dear friend, here you see what I have been doing lately with paper. My fascination with this material continues. This organic-looking direction has a world of possibilities that I’m extremely excited to explore. I will keep sharing everything with you. I hope that you enjoy these new pieces. They’re small, each one fits in the palm of my hand. Also, I wanted to let you know that I just started a portfolio on Behance.  Behance is one of the most wonderful places on the Internet to discover artists from all over the world. I’m brand new over there, that’s why I’d like to invite you to follow my portfolio and (if you feel inclined) to click the round blue  Appreciate This  button on the bottom of the post. Looking forward to sharing new things! Elsita...

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Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Blog, Papercutting | 19 comments

Chrysalis.

Chrysalis.

This piece was specially created for my good friend Debra who passed away last year. I wanted to represent the process in which the soul separates from the body when someone is dying. My friend loved it and found lots of peace in this image. I told her that her soul was always going to be alive in my heart and in the hearts of so many people who loved her. There isn’t a day when I don’t think about my friend. I believe that there is life beyond the body. Debra is so alive to...

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Posted by on Jun 6, 2011 in Blog, Papercutting | 32 comments

Visionary.

Visionary.

 A new piece titled Visionary. The girl had a vision, a dream about exploration and about going away. So she cut herself some paper wings. Her wings took her to the most unexpected and mysterious places. The journey was beautiful and painful at the same time. At some point the girl wanted to go back home, but she realized that her real home was her own mind, so she kept dreaming and flying until the end of her...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Blog, Papercutting | 8 comments

La Espalda.

La Espalda.

The outer side of the frame measures 5′ x 5″. This is another tiny piece for the show that opens on April 16th 2011. Where?: Giant Robot 2. See the invitation below. Here is the gallery address and phone #, it’s hard to see in the picture above: 2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 * (310)...

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