Twittering in the Royal Copenhagen Tree, 2016

Laser cut paper, hand-finished with a gold leaf coating

No. 1 in an edition of 12 in various finishes

Framed dimensions:
Height 218cm (85 7/8")
Width 162cm (63 3/4")
Depth 4cm (1 5/8")


£ 30,000


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Bit Vejle is a Danish psaligraphic artist (an artist who draws with scissors) who creates incredibly intricate, fine papercuts on a grand scale. Her arresting imagery is not only beautiful, but also draws on the rich tradition of story-telling in Scandinavian culture – as evidenced in the tales of Hans Christian Andersen. The majority of her works are unique and cut with scissors by hand over many months. While the original paper cut is created using a pair of scissors, Bit has developed her psaligraphic sheets/blades through a sophisticated and advanced digital, step by step, process including photography, digital design, laser cut technique and paint/metal coating. This artwork is created in an exquisitely high quality and with a hand-made attention to detail. The materials are exclusive quality, carefully selected and they are 100% age resistant. The psaligrafic blades/sheets are made in limited editions that are numbered and signed by the artist. The psaligraphic sheet/blades are poetic works that the artist carefully and playfully composes. The motifs are always based on one or more of Bit Vejle’s original works, building upon the stories of the original papercut. They always contain a humorous twist, beautiful colors and hand-made details. Music I am always listening to music while working. Twittering in the Royal Copenhagen Tree was created while I was listened to The Champagne Galop (Danish: Champagne-Galoppen) - a piece of orchestral music by the Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye (1810–1874). About the figures in the image: The work tells a peculiar story which takes place in the city of Copenhagen. Each and every figure in the image has its own story to tell. Here are a few of them: It all started a beautiful sunny morning in June, when Frank the Mouse realized that his favorite Royal tree was invaded by 69 bold birds, 4 cars, 3 wise men on camels, one impudent monkey, a coffee pot, a man who unfortunately hung himself, the composer H.C. Lumbye and a few others. Frank the Mouse Oscar von Bülow, The Crow Oscar is obviously a very good looking and proud bird but to be honest he is also grumpy and a rather conceited winged creature. When I asked him to allow me cutting his silhouette, he indignantly refused: 'It is Ms Vejle, beyond my dignity modelling for a simple paper cutter,' he said and shook his shapely tail feathers. 'Koww... koww … call again. Bring a proper painter and I will reconsider the matter'. Oscar was however both attracted and repelled by the idea of posing in the nude, so he didn`t flap away but watched me with a challenging look in his caviar eyes. As the crow silhouette was essential to my psaligrafic work, I continued persuading him by complimenting his handsome looks and fine feathers. I said that I would prefer him keeping the smashing feathers on at all time. Taken bye surprise he immediately blushed, cackled and tilted his head looking incredibly revealed. Then I stroke my final blow. I convincingly flattered him by promising to gold coat the hole papercut to his honour. Oscar lit up, blasted his wings and started immediately to pose. Male birds are all the same, isn't that right? Miss Robinson As you can see, Miss Robinson is sitting on a stick singing a sad song. Her spirit don't fly high this morning - and for a good reason! Ever since the sun rose, she was hungered for breakfast. She happily caught sight of her favorite snack - a plump six-legged beetle sitting on a large leaf on her left. Miss Robinson carefully watched over it. She opened her beak. Soon the beetle would be close enough for her to snatch it. She was only waiting for this moment to arise, when all of a sudden, the crowned Kingbird appeared and chirped: 'STOP in the name of love and shut your beak Miss Robinson - the beetle is mine!' Poor Miss Robinson; sadly she knew that the tweet of the king is law and she can neither risk a broken wing for love, nor for a king. 'Better bee free as a bird and stay hungry' she thought – and so she did.

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