holiday trend :: papercutting

handmade holiday 2009

Beth white - christmas tree paper cut
christmas tree paper cut by beth white

i have noticed paper cutting around a lot lately. two instances that have really stood out: the holiday anthropologie catalog used it throughout the accessories & home decor section. and lola is simply mesmerized by the larger than life white cut paper decorations over head at target.

the appeal of paper cuts is simple: you have the materials to create them right now – probably within ten feet of you – but the complexity of the designs leave you simply dumbfounded.

Cindy ferguson - scherenschnitte
samuel beckett quote paper cut by cindy ferguson

traditionally, in german culture – in my neck of the woods, pennsylvania dutch culture – this craft is called scherenschnitte. according to wikipedia, it was developed in the 1500s and brought to america in the 1700s. no matter the subject matter, the craft is beautiful and awe inspiring. but i’ve loved discovering new paper cut artists who are reinventing the motifs and reimagining the discipline.

blomma paper cut by emily hogarth

Julene - papercutting
paper cut by julene

if you want to learn more about the disciple, how to get started, and even get some free templates, check out cindy ferguson’s blog – scherenschnitte!

and definitely consider working this traditional craft into your holiday decor – even if yours is a bit simpler 😉

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