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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: - present
GAP Member Since: 2004-05-25
Type: Papercuttings, Silhouettes

1411 W. 10th Street
Port Angeles WA 98363-5503
USA

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Susan Hahn
Susan Hahn

Born and raised in the South, Susan grew up surrounded by the creativity of arts and crafts beginning with her grandmother, who taught Susan to embroider, sew and, as she got older, to quilt. (Susan comes from a long line of pioneer quilters, stretching back at least 5 generations, if not longer!!). Her mother was also artistic, especially in home d├ęcor, and, in later years, as an artist and still life painter.

Susan's dad also had a woodshop where he was always creating something, including beautiful furniture for their home. With all this inspiration surrounding Susan's growing up years, it was only natural for her to gravitate towards some sort of creative endeavor.

Star Quilt
Star Quilt
Snow at the Ranch #12
Snow at the Ranch #12

As a child, she loved paper! Books, ephemera, cards, illustrations, old photographs! So when Susan discovered Scherenschnitte back in the 1980's, it was love at first sight. She's been cutting ever since, and always looking for new ideas for paper designs. She especially loves to adapt cuttings from photographs, art, history and archaelogy.

In 1998, She designed a series of papercuttings, called 'Ancient Artifacts.' These designs feature urns, bowls and pitchers adapted from many actual archaelogical finds at various 'goddess' sites in Europe. In recent years, she expanded her cutting passion into a love affair with silhouettes, with an emphasis on the history and historical aspect of this folk art. She love to adapt darkened landscape photographs to the silhouette genre, using many of her own photographs.

Egg Bowl #6
Egg Bowl #6
Cat at Door - Mixed Papers
Cat at Door - Mixed Papers

She has presented programs on papercutting in several community venues over the years,featuring the history and cutting of silhouettes in colonial times, and the history of papercutting in general. She is a member of GAP (Guild of American Papercutters) and has contributed art work, articles, and photos to their quarterly magazine. Her work has found homes in Israel, Greece, England, Scotland and various states across the U.S.

Active in GAP since 2004, she also participates and hosts several online papercutting groups, and continues to expand and research the historical aspects of her preferred art.

She and long-time hubby, Bryan, live, work and make their home in a vintage 1920's farmhouse, in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

They have two grown children. Susan's other artistic pursuits include being a published poet (3 chapbooks), writer, editor, genealogist, historian, watercolorist, and bibliophile.

Tree with Leaves
Tree with Leaves

 

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