Happy New Year 2021!
Oxen are characterized as diligent, hard working, and responsible creatures. Like their human counterparts, they can also be stubborn! Easily trained, oxen have historically helped plow farm fields, singly or two-abreast. Here, the gourds used as the secondary (orange) element pay tribute to their contributions.
In contrast to the first set of Lunar New Year greetings, created as horizontal postcards, this series is oriented vertically, on notecards. The traditions of using paper-cut motifs and symbolic Black, lucky Red and prosperous Orange (Gold), continue.
Happy New Year 2020!
This year is the start of a new lunar cycle. The animals in the Chinese zodiac are (legend has it) based on the order in which they arrived in a race to the Emperor's palace. Along the way, the Rat encountered a river too swift for him to cross. Upon seeing the Ox approach the river, the Rat convinced the Ox to let him ride on his back. Once they crossed the river and approached the Palace, the Rat jumped off the Ox and crossed the finish line first. Thus, the Rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac.