Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Nell Creer

    This is a picture of Nell Creer sitting on a cliff above the valley floor of Zion canyon in southern Utah. In 1920, 5 coeds from the University of Utah took a trip to Zion National Park. They were the first official tourists to the park after it became a national park in November  1919. The 5 girls along with a dancer from Los Angeles, a chaperone and several press photographers explored  the canyon for a week before the official opening of the gate on May 15, 1920. The photographers had them doing all kinds of stunts for the pictures which were published in newspapers all over the world. Looking at the photos, you can tell that they were having the time of their lives.
     I created this papercut based on the photo of Nell above. It wasn't real easy to figure out how to do the shadows since I did it all freehand. I have entered it into the fine art competition at the State Fair. It will be interesting to see  how it does. I have no big expectations. It just was  a fun challenge to do. My husband and have been somewhat obsessed with this story the past month.

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