"Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure."
Paolo Coelho, The Alchemist
If you have been following along since the beginning of this blog you might remember that I am a big city girl (born in NYC and raised in LA) who dreams of the country. I want a white farmhouse with a big old barn that I will convert into a giant art space. There will be tons of natural light and plenty of room to paint, print, build, throw (pottery), and shoot (photos). I will have a pasture with horses, chickens, a couple of goats, two dogs, three barn cats, and a cow. I have envisioned this place since I was a little girl. The picture is so clear to me that it doesn't feel like an "if" only a "when". Do you want to take a peek?
Last February I landed an interior design job that took me pretty darn close to living my dream. I got to spend a week in a small farm town 45 minutes NW of Portland, OR decorating and designing the interior of a farmhouse. I found a piece of my heart in that magical emerald green town and collected many a treasure. I didn't end up using any antique heart in hand paper cuts in my design but I pinned a bunch of them to use at a later date.
"Heart In Hand" is a traditional folk art motif, associated with the Shakers, the Amish, and the Pennsylvania Dutch. The imagery is said to represent friendship, love, and truth. The process is known as Scherenschnitte which means “paper cut” in German. The art form was developed in Germany and Switzerland in the 16th century and brought to America in the 18th century, primarily by settlers in Pennsylvania. Aren't they beautiful? I am going to show you how to make this lovely traditional folk art piece with an ART CAMP twist.