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Lived: - present
GAP Member Since: 2005-04-01
Type: Polish, Pappercuttings, Wycinanki

8389 Baker Ave., SP2
Rancho Cucamonga CA 91730-3229
USA

(909) 910-5033
ljg1supertech@msn.com

Baby
Baby

I am a Canadian by birth but became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1976. My family emigrated from Canada in 1957. I work as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist and have spent 22 years with the Air Force Reserves as a lab tech.

I am a new member of the Guild of American Papercutters and really enjoy seeing the other members’ cuttings. I myself have been doing a type of Polish papercutting after becoming interested in papercutting at a folk dance camp I attended at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts in California. (I had won a scholarship for the week of instruction.)

Buffalo
Buffalo
Dragon
Dragon

That year, the Polish dance teacher, Jan Sedja, presented an hour of folk culture and taught us wycinanki from his home area of Poland. I have never seen any other wycinanki in the style that I learned. I am sure the styles vary from region to region. I would love to go to Poland on a fact-finding mission to find out what region the style I make comes from! Jan taught us the two traditional edgings and then said we could do whatever we wanted in the inside. Since that folk dance camp, I have been doing papercuttings, mostly at Christmas time, to hang from threads to decorate ceilings or to hang on Christmas trees.

As the years went on and my time with the Air Force Reserves was nearing 20 years, I was looking around to find a home craft business I could turn to after I retired, partly to make up for the lost income from the Reserves but also to continue working in a civilian career field. Around that time, a lady was leaving the clinic where I worked and she really admired my cuttings. For a going-away gift, I put three in a frame to give her. When I did that, it hit me: This is the business I need to do. That was over three years ago, and my business is growing steadily. Since then I have also done a Happy Birthday banner and a few greeting cards.

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Gomez1
Hummingbird
Hummingbird

For my papercutting, I use a small pair of 3 inch Fiskars scissors, and where necessary, a scalpel with a #11 blade. The scalpel blades are very sharp, much sharper than X-acto blades and they are not expensive since the blades are very replaceable.

Most of my cuttings are done using origami paper which Jan Sedja said was the best since it is very thin, yet very strong. I fold the paper in eighths and then do the border first, and work my way to the center. After the border is done, either one or two rows, I unfold it one fold and draw on the design that I want to make if it is a four-merous design, as in the dragon cutting. Once that design part is done, I fold it back into eighths and finish the rest of the cutting.

Tiger
Tiger

I find if I cut the small interior design parts first before the paper is weakened, the cutting comes out nicer, with less chance of error. Once the cutting is done, I carefully open the paper out flat. I press the designs in a book or with an iron if I am in a hurry.

This year I entered the National Orange Show Festival as they added a new category, Papercraft, to their offerings. They had three new classes under that category which were: 1) Paper-folded, cut, 2) Paper-not folded, cut, and 3) Paper, other.

I was the only entrant in that category, so each piece I entered was given a ribbon, and one cutting earned a “Best of Show” ribbon. I expected this since there was no other competition, but it was nice to read the judges’ comments about my work. When I retrieved my cutting after the show, they asked me if I would enter again next year. I told them, yes, of course. They also asked me if there are more people that I know who do papercutting. I told them about GAP and said that I would put out the word for next year.

The Orange Show Festival is held in May at the National Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernadino, CA. They have a website at http://www.nationalorangeshow.com for those of you who are interested for next year!

 

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