~Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins her Life's Work at 72
Mary Delany (1700 - 1788) was an English Bluestocking, artist, letter-writer, and avid gardener, who was also talented at needlework, drawing, painting, and cutting paper, but she was best known for her paper cutting. In 1771 in her early 70s, as a way of dealing with grief, Mary began to create cut-out paper art works which were exceptionally detailed and botanically accurate depictions of plants. She created 1700 of these works calling them her "Paper Mosaiks" from the age of 71 to 88, when her eyesight failed her.
Some time ago, I had jotted down these notes on a journal page, which has become somewhat of a habit, or pleasure, when I run across something that catches my interest. What an inspiring story! Molly Peacock's The Paper Garden is, for certain, on the Chip Butter reading list for 2015... Not that I plan to cut paper!