|Christmas Tree, 2016|
Photography and paper ornaments by Sarah Myers
“Here in a little crib lies He whose reign is without end,” sings an old carol, and in keeping with the Christmas spirit of the birth, the childhood of God, we often decorate with cheerful, toy-like ornaments. This year I have brought out these again, a smiling star at the top of the tree, a smug sheep, a toy soldier, a camel. But the great amount of the decoration is a snowstorm of cut-paper flakes – each a different pattern, fragile artwork taking time and concentration in spite of its simple technique. Many of these snowflakes have been adorning the tree every Christmastime for years, but an avalanche on the north side of the fir is made up of flakes or medallions created this winter. The tree beneath is real – a six-and-a-half foot Noble Fir, smelling of evergreen needles and resin.
Photography, cut paper ornaments and tiny gift-bearer by Sarah Myers
|A Christmas tree covered in whirling snow...|
|Caught in a Snowstorm|
Sandro, the little glass soldier from Italy, and an angel smile amid the huge flakes and starry lights
|Christmas tree and ornamental screen|
|North Side of the Christmas Tree|
The side facing our kitchen holds the snowflakes I cut this year
|The Christmas Fir|
Although the tree is visible through three doorways, this view is essentially its front.
|A Snowy Christmas Tree|
In front, my sculpture carries flowers from the still-blooming desert garden. In the background, a painting I created, and which I bring out for the Christmas Season, hangs on the wall.
|Ornaments on the Tree|
Details of the cut paper medallions we call snowflakes - some in patterns of flowers, leaves, fruit and palms.