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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: - 2011-06-23
Type: Scherenschnitte

416 Shore View Lane
Leucadia CA 92024
USA

(760) 436-1793
Brittatwo@yahoo.com

California Garden - Cymbidium orchid, little violet, and Gazania
California Garden - Cymbidium orchid, little violet, and Gazania

West coast papercutting artist Britta Kling practices Scherenschnitt of her native Germany. She was introduced to scissor-cutting while attending high school in Stuttgart, and continued her art education by studying famous cuttings in German museums.

Immigrating to the U.S., she pursued her art in Boston. Her first exhibition was held at the Nagbie Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1957. Not untill the late 1960\'s, after raising her family, did she resume her career as artist and illustrator. Her work has been featured in galleries in Colorado, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and in California, where she and her family have lived since 1974.

A Desert Christmas - Many different cactus blossoms (lights) on a Yucca plant.
A Desert Christmas - Many different cactus blossoms (lights) on a Yucca plant.
Japanese Anemone
Japanese Anemone

Although she continues to produce traditional Scherenschnitte. her work has evolved to include highly personal designs drawn from nature. "I get my inspiration from shrubs, birds, butterflies, and trees. When camping, I draw a flower to bring home to cut at my leisure." She has also become expert at cutting designs that incorporate man-made images of the 19th century.

Her materials are those of a Scherenschnitte artist: black surfaced silhouette paper and long handled scissors. "I have had my scissors over 30 years. I have a scissor-man in Germany who tightens and sharpens them for me whenever I vist, and that suffices untill the next time."

Today, Mrs. Kling pursues her interests in music, teaching, and embroidery. She publishes her own line of greeting cards, and her work is featured at the cooperative Offtrack Gallery in Encinitas, California.

 

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