Hello and welcome to my web site. I am a paper artist who practices the German folk art tradition of Scherenschnitte. Instead of using scissors I use an x-acto knife. I fell for this art form while spending time in Denmark. For the past 7 years I have opened my etsy shop and taught classes in this media. I have a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. You can see my work in person at Studio Hop, on Hope Street in Providence.
What is the proper name of the art you create? I work in the German tradition of paper cutting known as Scherenschnitte. This translates to scissors cuts, but I use an x-acto knife. When did you first begin working in this medium? I made my first cutting as a teenager. I was visiting my Aunt in Denmark and I couldn’t afford to buy all the beautiful cuttings that I desired. My first design was out of black paper and was an apartment building. I cut all the windows out and put yellow paper behind them to capture the view from my Aunt’s window. What inspires your creations? I find inspiration from nature. I am a huge fan of anything with fur or feathers. Living in an area where the seasons change helps as well. I take daily walks and that time outside helps me come up with ideas. Do you work on commissioned pieces? What kinds? I love doing commissioned work. Paper cutting lends itself to becoming an heirloom when a date is added to a piece. Weddings are especially fun as I enjoy adding elements to the piece that reflect the couples’ interests and personalities. One that I did this summer has the couple in a canoe, as that was how they were leaving the outdoor ceremony!