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

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TXSG Operation Katrina-Rita
TXSG Operation Katrina-Rita

I started papercutting in 1994. One day, when I was in a bookstore, I saw a book called THE BOOK OF PAPERCUTTING by Chris Rich. When I read the summary in the back of the book, and saw some of the amazing and complicated designs that can be made, I started to get very interested in papercutting.

Because Iím a person who likes challenges, I bought the book and started to do papercuttings. Now, after twelve years of practicing and after reading more than a dozen books about papercutting, I have developed my skills in this art.

Horses
Horses
Flowers
Flowers

In 1999 I moved to Spain with my family because of my husbandís company. We lived for five years in Madrid. With that opportunity, I started to take some painting classes. In spite of being a different type of art, painting has taught me everything about color, hue, and form. I have also developed imagination.

I started to see things in a different way. In every tree, in every landscape, in every building, I started to see the meanings and differences among colors, hue, and forms. All these help me in my designs in papercutting.

Celtic Dragons
Celtic Dragons

When we came back from Spain, I was opening the boxes of my books, and found those old papercutting books I bought before I moved to Spain. I also found my papercutting designs and materials. I got so motivated I started again what I abandoned but never forgot.

Now, I continue drawing and cutting new beautiful designs. I have sold most of my designs, and whenever I sell one, I feel satisfied to be back home. On the Internet, I heard about the Guild of American Papercutters, which made me so happy because there are so many people who share the same love I have for this form of expression.

My last papercutting work was inspired by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. My husband, who belongs to the Texas State Guard, was activated to help the victims of these two hurricanes. In recognition of the hard work of Unit 436, I designed a beautiful art piece in papercutting that was given to the Colonel of Unit 436 of the Texas State Guard, who was very thankful and put it in his office on the military base.

Art is a way to show others our thoughts, feelings, and our way of seeing the world; it is a way to show others who we are. And there is no better way to show others that we exist than the art of papercutting.

 

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