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Paper cuttings originated in the 1700’s as an inexpensive alternative to oil paintings.

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Scissors gudrun gilbert biography

[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: - present
GAP Member Since: 1995-10-26
Type: Papercuttings, Silhouettes

2 Charger Lane
Hillsdale MI 49242
USA

(517) 437-7410

Gudi Gilbert
Gudi Gilbert

I was born in Mainz, Germany known for its inventor in 1468 of the printing press, Johann Gutenberg.

I attended a convent school in Germany (“The English Ladies” or in German “Die Englischen Fraeulein”), which was founded by Maria Ward of England in 1748.

Ice Cream Social
Ice Cream Social
Spider Web
Spider Web

There I learned the art of silhouette cutting or paper cutting, and was fascinated from day one about what one can do with a pair of scissors and a piece of black paper.

I developed a passion for this art form called “Scherenschnitt” in German. My favorite subjects are fairy lands, nature, animals, birds and flowers. You name it, everything can be cut.

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St. Francis
St. Francis

Since this is an ancient and almost lost art, I am trying to keep it alive.

In 1973 1 came to America and lived for some year in the upper part of Michigan. Around the country numerous galleries and museums exhibited my work.

A Prayer for Animals
A Prayer for Animals
Storks
Storks

I also was featured on TV specials and was interviewed about the art of paper or silhouette cutting. In addition, my art was highlighted in newspaper and magazine articles.

I especially enjoy and find it fascinating and challenging when people ask me to design their own ideas for wedding invitations, birth announcements, retirements and anniversaries.

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