//FIRST FRIDAY FEATURED ARTIST – EMILY BROWN of BIRD MAFIA//
Help us celebrate this coming First Friday with original designs in handcut paper by BIRD MAFIA to adorn our walls for two months this summer!
Opening Reception // June 5th, 2015
The show will be up for your viewing pleasure for 2 months, through June and July.
Working under the name Bird Mafia, paper cut artist Emily Brown draws inspiration from the beauty in nature and her travels to create meticulously cut lines and textures in her hand-cut paper art. Each image is hand-drawn and hand-cut with an xacto knife (no lasers, no stencils, no die cut, no joke.)
We are excited to exhibit these original shadowboxed pieces, which feature layer upon layer of intricate paper cuts. In person, these works illustrate the dimensionality of carefully layered scenes to illustrate a new way of imagining a window into the natural world. We also already carry her beautiful pillows in the shop, which are silkscreened on cotton flour-sack towels, and feature many of her detailed animal images.
Emily’s work has been featured in a variety of publications including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Dwell and Design Sponge.
In her words:
“Many years ago my husband started making stencils. Shortly after, his xacto knife disappeared. I fell deeply in love with creating cut paper art. To this day he still can’t seem to hold on to his own xacto knife.
When building this love of cut paper into a business, I began using my papercuts to make screens for printing. Each bird mafia design starts as a papercut. Each design is cut out of paper, burned on to a screen and then printed. About two years ago, (with a little push from some very good friends and my lovely husband) I started selling my artwork alongside my printed items.
I find inspiration in the forests of northern California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as their coasts and cities I love to explore.”