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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: 1972 - present
GAP Member Since: 2003-09-10
Type: 3D, Childrens and Fantasy Illustrations, Silhouettes, Scherenschnitte, Collage, Paper Pins

830 County Highway 7
Otego NY 13825
USA

607-988-9674
razorsedgeartist@yahoo.com
http://www.RazorsEdgeCreations.com

Shannon Reinbold-Gee
Shannon Reinbold-Gee

Shannon grew up in Pennsylvania’s quiet Oley Valley. It was as she attended church as a child at Salem UCC in Spangsville that Shannon was first introduced to the art of scherenschnitte. One Sunday the church’s children were taken downstairs from the sanctuary and shown how to draw and copy basic (and traditional) Pennsylvania Dutch patterns. Then they were shown how to cut them out and paste them down. Shannon’s first papercutting was of mirror-image unicorns and is still in her parent’s 1854 farmhouse.

Shannon’s love of art never waned, but she soon forgot about papercutting and investigated the forms of art being more readily taught at the local school. Shannon’s love of writing grew and led to her first being published while still in the 8th grade. It was the blending of these two creative outlets that evolved into Shannon’s appreciation of sequential art and that then led Shannon to explore the world of independent comic books.

Bumblebees
Bumblebees
Child Reading Book
Child Reading Book

Looking for a unique style for comic book covers, Shannon did her first large papercuttings and received great attention and support for her work when it debuted in 2000 at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda. Shannon did custom cuttings at the Expo, donated work to the CBLDF auction and had many people suggest she try illustrating an entire comic or book with cuttings.

In February 2001 Shannon displayed and sold her art at the Bay Area Renaissance Faire outside St.Petersburg in Florida. There she received rave reviews from patrons as she did daily demonstrations in Renaissance costume and dialect.

We Can Be Booked
We Can Be Booked
Mother with Child
Mother with Child

She attended MegaCon in Orlando that year and the next, the Small Press Expo being cancelled due to its proximity to the events of September 11, 2001.

In 2002 she reintroduced her work to an appreciative crowd at the Expo. Several well-versed attendees even mentioned seeing a similarity in style between Shannon’s work and that of author and artist David Wisniewski Flattered by such comparisons, Shannon was determined to learn even more from his remarkable books.

Dragon Book
Dragon Book
Cliff Cut Silhouette
Cliff Cut Silhouette

A move back north after a fabulous five years teaching in Florida brought Shannon back into the heart of Pennsylvania’s papercutting region. Discovering the Guild of American Papercutters’ existence, Shannon joined up, eager to learn more. She has since been flattered by the opportunity to contribute articles and artwork to the Guild’s “First Cut” Magazine.

In 2003 Shannon returned to the Expo with the debut of her papercut interpretation of “The Three Ravens,” a traditional ballad from the British Isles. It was very well-received and people pushed for Shannon to continue in sequential art and try her hand at children’s books. A great fan of blending literature with art, Shannon has continued down that path.

Shannon was reintroduced to the Pennsic Wars (a huge SCA event ) in 2003 and camped out in historical costume for 2 weeks, demonstrating and selling her art between a working forge and haberdashery tent.

She attended the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in 2003 and built a Lighthouse to showcase her art there in 2004.

Shannon has also attended DragonCon in Atlanta, PhilCon in Philadephia, and OASIS in Orlando. She also greatly enjoys her participation at the Fairie Festival in Glen Rock, PA.

She began doing “Paper Portraits” (full color layered pieces based strongly on photographs) at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in 2005. Her “Autumnal Lady” and “Treasure” received much appreciation and created curiosity about her methods.

It was also in 2005, for the Faire’s anniversary celebration, that Shannon began doing her interpretation of European-style silhouettes of costumed characters and friends. Shannon also began creating more dimensional works in 2005 like “Wind and Willow,” “The Greenman,” and revisiting her integration of fabrics in her art (as can be seen in “Penina Confronts Destiny,” “Celtic Knot Tree: Autumn,” and “Firebird”).

In the winter of 2005 Shannon introduced her line of “Paper Pins” which incorporate a technique somewhere between Russian lacquer ware and decoupage. Shannon’s designs will be decorating some of the fabulous handmade bows at www.bowstick.com , adorning cedar boxes, and debuting in a children’s book entitled “True Tam Lin” in 2007.

Shannon’s art is greatly influenced by myth, legend and history. Her art continues to be a happy learning experience. Shannon readily admits her art is still growing and changing in many ways. Shannon’s website www.RazorsEdgeCreations.com has updates, show listings, examples of her work and will begin featuring tutorials and pattern books in PDF in May.

 

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