Art of Papercutting

Treasured Tuesday’s – Today is featuring a couple of vintage pieces that I picked up in a little shop on my day out gallivanting last week. I couldn’t resist this stunning work. I thought of my artist friend Sharyn Sowell as soon as I saw them and was hoping she could offer an opinion regarding their history.

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10 thoughts on “Art of Papercutting

  1. VERY CHARMING! What a great find. I think you did so amazingly well. They look like the traditional Swiss & German work, both the style of the snipping and the clothing. Europeans know so much more about this art than Americans do… Did you know that the shepherds used sheep shears to snip early works? I’m wondering if they have any markings on them at all. That would be interesting. A pure guess on my part would say perhaps they were done in the late ’20s to early ’40s in Switzerland or Germany. And I bet you have just the perfect spot for them! Hurrah for you, what a wonderful purchase!!! Three cheers- I’d have been turning handstands if I were you.

    And now a little secret… I started to cut paper entirely by accident and did not find out for twelve long years that others did it, too. Teehee….

    Blessings, Janet, on you and your work.

  2. Oh they are amazing! I would think too that they are from (the German speaking part of?) Switzerland and I would think prewar, so that is before 1939. I don’t know much about it though, but I just read in a book about the history of cutting art that especially the Swiss were famous for that. These are beauties and great finds!

  3. Those are very lovely. For a minute I thought it was Sharyns
    artwork. I thought she owned the medium hee hee, well maybe not but she truly has become who I think of when we I see black cut paper .

    1. Hi there – Yes, exactly who I thought of when I purchased them. Although it may not show on the blog, these appear to be fairly old. There are no visible marks or hints of any kind.

  4. Oh yes, a traditional technique called “Scherenschnitte”. This craft was actually brought back for a short run in, I think, the early 1990’s. I tried my hand and a design, not nearly as elaborate as this one. Needless to say, I did finish it but that was the only one!

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