Papercutting is a very demanding activity on your hands. When I started out I got hurt easily because the muscles involved in holding the knife while applying pressure were still undeveloped. After a few years though, I have noticed that a whole set of muscles have developed in my right hand, arm and even neck. I can now work for a longer period of time without hurting myself while feeling in total control of what I’m doing.
I’m so extremely grateful for having those 2 parts of my body functioning well. Hands are a magic thing that nature gave us. What a clever design! There is the palm and then 5 fingers, each one with a different talent. As I make cuts on paper with my right hand I notice how each finger does a different job. Fingers have different personalities. The thumb is the leader, without him it would be impossible to hold things right. The pinky is like the baby of the family, small but very special, without him the family wouldn’t be complete. The other three are very close to each other and hard workers, they make a great team.
But as important as hands are in the process of cutting paper, I wouldn’t be able to do the work right without using the brain muscle as well. If I start cutting paper with the wrong state of mind then I wouldn’t be able to stay on the wagon. Anytime I start a cutting session I see myself as someone jumping into a new adventure.
Working on this book project has been the most wonderful adventure as well as the most challenging experience that I have had so far regarding papercutting. The goal is to make the best book that I can possibly make in the shortest period of time ever for a project of this size. But I love being in situations where I have to challenge myself physically and mentally, because I feel that I grow a lot. Anything that requires great effort gives you something important in return. I haven’t finished this book yet and I already see the areas of growth.
I just wanted to write a different post today because I thought that it could bring a little bit of inspiration into your day. The bottom line of this post is:
*Let’s love our hands for what they can do for us.
*Let’s give them the opportunity to develop.
*And let’s not be afraid of challenges, they are great exercises for personal and artistic growth.
Have a wonderful day!
(The fable I’m working on now: The Ant and the Grasshopper.)
Also, it’s a good thing that Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist on Earth, won’t be able to hurt anyone ever again. It’s a shame that he spent a whole life destroying instead of building. What a wrong choice he made.