The making of the Great Parade lamp
Last year I, founder of Hartendief, asked paper cutting artist Geertje Aalders to design a silhouette for our shop with animals in it. We actually met via Twitter- and finally we met in person when we were both attending the Flavourites live fair in november.
For Hartendief I was looking for a happy and funny design with animals, and Geertje was inspired by my idea right away. Just a few key words were enough to set off a creative explosion in Geertjes work space! And within a few days the Great Parade was finished.
Geertje started sketching first, with white pencil on black paper.
After that she began cutting the animal shapes out of paper. I love the drumming crocodile and the elephant with the party hat! Geertje placed the original papercut in her room, where it shows off beautifully against the white wall………….. more >>>
After cutting the original, it was scanned into Illustrator and processed into a work file. A precise job, not every detail could be cut, so a few snips and snaps were made to make the design smooth enough to be cut by computer. The end result is a silhouette cut out by a CAD system in silver shade foil, which leads to a beautiful black and white silhouette when lighting the lamp at night.