I was lucky enough to be able to participate in a paper cutting workshop while in Warsaw. The workshop was facilitated by Susan Throckmorton, a Mount Holyoke alumnae and Warsaw resident who is a member of the American Guild of Paper Cutters. Susan's work (examples are shown above and below) is truly impressive. From black and white designs to multicolored birds and medallions, the intricate details are incredible. It amazes me that with a few (or several) snips of the scissors, amazing artwork appears.
|Demonstration of a finished |
black & white design
|Birds- a common theme|
|A collection of smaller designs|
|A black and white forest scene|
Now I have never been what I consider to be artistic, but I entered this workshop with the naive idea that I could produce something impressive. Perhaps it was the "type A" in me but I thought this was possible. But this is what I ended up with:
|And my first attempt; it is basic but |
symmetrical so I can't complain
It wasn't nearly as pretty as I had envisioned but I didn't cut through the stem the way some other people did and my birds, those tricky symbols that either make or break the finished product, while not ornate, were symmetrical. It wasn't good but it wasn't bad. True to form, however, I'm thinking about how I can improve on this with my next project. I've even bought the correct paper and scissors to make it happen. Stay tuned!