Love in a Cold Climate

Sheffield paper cut artist Melanie Pearson "Les Fruits de Mel"

Have I said “Happy New Year” yet? Probably not, as 2021 is still yawning and stretching itself into shape. We’re once again in lockdown so this year still feels a lot like the last one and while there is hope – it’s cold, cold, cold but the days are definitely getting lighter – we are still very much in the middle of a long winter.

We took the Christmas decorations down this week and now the house feels strangely bare. Most noticeably, the windows, which for the last month have been festooned with fairy lights and colourful paper cuts. It’s been so cheering to see all the festive lights and decorations in people’s windows and I realised that I would like to keep that cheerful spirit alive with some new year window art. Because decoration – like so many other lovely things – is not just for Christmas, and right now we need all the communal creativity and cheer we can muster.

We have a massive bay window that’s visible all the way down the street, so I’m thinking big. So now the challenge is: what images to make that would put out a hopeful face out to the world and declare my intentions for the year ahead? My fingers immediately started cutting out a heart shape before my mind could even focus on a plan, so it’s got to be something to do with LOVE.

What would (or will) you make to cheer up your January windows? Some of my neighbours are already on the case. So watch this space….

UPDATE: I made this angel:

Sheffield paper artist Melanie Pearson "Les Fruits de Mel"

Sadly, it’s had to come down now as it was really upsetting the cat. He;’s getting a bit old and set in his ways and the bay window is his space…

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