Ferns & Shooting Stars

Hand Cut Paper Silhouettes


A woodland scene of California native Male Ferns (Dryopteris felix-mas) and Shooting Stars (Primula Clevalandii) depicted through layers of hand cut paper silhouettes made with hand printed textile paper. When light is cast upon the silhouettes it creates a subtle shadow of form and textile texture that speaks to the ephemeral nature of plants and seasons.

This artwork was created in collaboration with Suzy Kloner of Suzy Kloner Design to be a custom size to fit perfectly in her Nanny's Bathroom design at the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House of Design. 

Made from thick cotton paper that is hand pressed with a textile leaving behind the impression of every thread. Each textile paper is cut by hand with thousands of craft knife blades that dull quickly under the strong fibers of the heavy cotton paper. Each paper silhouette is mounted to a sheet of museum glass that is separated by spacers in the frame that create depth and shadow. Frames are custom made painted wood. All pieces are hand cut by artist Justina Freel from her own original illustrations.


Frame: Poplar wood hand painted with White color milk paint

Glass: Museum UV Glass

Paper: Textile Pressed - Crane's Lettra 110# Flourescent White Cotton

Size: 32" H x 18" W

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Available by custom commission.

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