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Random bits of my life

Lady of Shallott Video

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 30, 2010

How cool is this? I’m a Loreena McKennitt fan and I was searching for a video of her rendering of “The Lady of Shallott” to send a friend. I stumbled upon this video, based on the John William Waterhouse painting that I used for my paper-cut. After seeing the close-ups of the tapestry and the Lady’s gown, I’m tempted to design a more detailed paper-cut, perhaps with just the Lady of Shallott as the subject.

Foot update:

Just got back from the first follow-up visit after foot surgery. At the moment it’s too soon to tell from the X-rays whether the bones will fuse together successfully but the orthopedist said that the fact that I’m not in any pain is a positive sign.

I’ve got a new, stylish post-surgical shoe — lots of velcro and rubber! I’m still on crutches. However, I have much more freedom of movement because I can now put some weight on the right foot. That makes it easier to keep my balance and move around (you have no idea what a drag it is trying to get to the bathroom in the dark in the middle of the night on crutches…). I won’t be able to return to work until I’m able to sit at a desk for long periods without discomfort.

I have had a few visits from neighbours and workmates. My officemates, Masha and Yinnon, who have been the subjects of many of my photos and videos, brought me two big trays of sushi yesterday. That was probably the only time in my life that I’ve ever been given more sushi than I could eat (believe me, I can eat a LOT of sushi). They are totally awesome!

2 Responses to “Lady of Shallott Video”

  1. Karen R in GA said

    Wow – cool video! I can’t imagine a more detailed paper-cut – but then, I can’t see myself doing anything that detailed with something as unforgiving as paper 🙂

    Glad to hear the foot seems to be on the mend!!

    • Avital Pinnick said

      LOL! This from the woman working on the Lady with Unicorn embroidery on *20* count fabric? Actually, paper is surprisingly strong, so if you have a good sharp knife it’s not all that hard to force it into these contours. The tricky part is learning how much pressure to apply so that the knife cuts smoothly through the paper without getting caught in the cutting mat (and creating drag). The designing part is quite time-consuming, though. It’s not easy — or at least for me — to “see” a coloured design transformed into negative/positive values for a paper cutting without turning into a silhouette.

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