My First Scissors Project

In 1948, Helen Sewell (then a famous children’s book illustrator) created a crèche in a booklet. It must have been a year or two later when my mother’s mother saw it in Woolworth’s and bought it for me. I set to work with a pair of tiny plastic scissors and made a hash of it. But I still have it — and still love it.

There were two versions: a shepherd/wise men version; and an angel version. Since I Crèche2 loved both, I have always combined them. And here is the result (at left).

The bright colors and faux-Renaissance aesthetic have remained with me as the essence of religious painting.

And who wouldn’t want to be born in a stable that is as beautiful as this one?


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