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Papercut-like images can be found among ancient Greek vase paintings.

A directory of silhouette and paper cutter artists around the world.
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Paper cuttings originated in the 1700’s and is the modern precursor to the photograph.

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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: 1914 - 1988
Type: Papercuttings, Religious


USA

Sister Dorcy
Sister Dorcy

Well-known Catholic Dominican artist Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, born Frances Emma Dorcy in Anacordes, Wash., in 1914, she was the last of nine children.

She resurrected the art of paper-cutting in 1933. Her designs became known worldwide, and by the late 1950s she was considered the top religious artist in the U.S. in her field. She published 26 books during her life time, most illustrated with her own cuttings.

Ring Around the Rosery
Ring Around the Rosery
Modaonna Shrine
Modaonna Shrine

She spent the last years of the 1960s in Mexico, helping to staff an orphanage for 1,000 children. But her hands became crippled in the early 1970s.

Perhaps her enduring legacy was to train artist Dan Paulos, who has carried on the tradition of paper cutting and has himself become an internationally known artist.

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Sister Dorcy’s final book, “Spring Comes to the Hill Country,” was collaboration with Paulos. One of her cuttings is housed in the Smithsonian Institute.

Sister Mary Jean Dorcy died May 5, 1988 after a long struggle with acute arthritis and lung ailments. She had been bedridden for the last 10 years.

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