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[Biography] [Gallery]

Lived: - present
GAP Member Since: 2006-01-18
Type: Papercutting

2003 Huntington Lane
Richmond TX 77406
USA

cd.winkler@netzero.com, winklerart@att.net
http://www.catherinewinkler.com

Catherine at Work
Catherine at Work

Self-taught papercutter, Catherine Winkler Rayroud was born in Switzerland, where she lived until she moved to America in January 2000. She has both, Swiss and British nationality. She made her first papercutting (Scherenschnitt) 25 years ago. Switzerland has a long tradition of papercutting, which can be traced back almost 400 years ago.

Thanks to two Swiss artists, Johann-Jakob Hauswirth (1808-1871) and Louis-David Saugy (1871-1953), papercutting became a very popular craft in a small valley in the Swiss mountains, called “le Pays-d’Enhaut”, where Catherine’s parents live.

Catherine Cutting
Catherine Cutting
How to Cut
How to Cut

To make her papercuttings, Catherine folds a sheet of black paper in the middle, draws a design on half of the white side of the paper, and cuts out intricate motifs with small nail scissors. It can take from one day to several months of cutting depending on the size and complexity of the papercuttings. Each papercutting is made in one piece. Although a lot of people now use a scalpel, Catherine has always remained faithful to the traditional use of scissors, despite the technical challenge of holding the piece while cutting.

She studied ceramics in London and Switzerland and has a ceramic degree from the “Schuele Fuer Gestaltung” (School for Applied Arts) in Bern, Switzerland. Depending on her inspiration, she divides her time between her clay studio and her papercuttings, yet she never elevates one art form above another. To her, they are two ways of expressing just the tip of the iceberg that is her creativity.

Mind Your Hands
Mind Your Hands
At Peace
At Peace

For the last 20 years, her work has been presented in many solo, group and juried exhibitions in Switzerland, America and Korea.

 

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