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Paper cutting is an extremely rare art form today.

A directory of silhouette and paper cutter artists around the world.
Past, Present, and Future?

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

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 XX interviews
 XX artists by name
 XX artists by region
 XX artists by type
 XX galleries
 XX books
 XX history

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Interviews and biographies of contemporary working silhouette and paper cutter artists. Each quarter we will probe into the life and art of artists from around the world.

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XX 2006-05 trudy kauffman

Started cutting designs in 1978 based on the Pennsylvania Germans.  Trudy received her M.S. in Art Education at Kutztown University and is a founding member of GAP.

XX 2006-05 maria milagros-ortiz

Maria was inspired by reading a book by Chris Rich called The Book of Papercutting. In 1999 she moved to Spain with her family and there studied art.  On returning to the USA, she started cutting again and sees her art subjects in an entirely new way.

XX 2006-02 verlie murphy

Began papercutting to find unique patterns for quilts in 1995.  Verlie has utilized her work for therapy with many organizations and herself.  She pursues her art full-time now in the Smokey Mountains.

XX 2005-10 clark britton

A retired college art teacher.  Is currently focusing on paper cut art in Wichita, Kansas.

XX 2005-10 linda gomez

Fell in love with paper cutting at a folk dance camp. Focuses on Polish / Wycinanki paper cutting.  Is currently a graphics arts designer residing in Rancho Cucamonga, California .

XX 2005-07 florinda strimel

Butterflies and Leaves

A graduate of Penn State University with Bachelor Degrees in both Art and Science in Art Education. Learned paper cutting from her mother.  Is currently a graphics arts designer residing in Canoga Park, California.

XX 2005-07 anna kronick

Born 1968 in the former Soviet Union.  Graduated from the School of Figurative Art, also known as the New York Academy of Art. Anna discovered papercut art upon stumbling across a book on Judaic Papercuts by Yehudit Shadur.

XX 2005-07 gerlof smit

Lives and works in the Netherlands. Works as a freelancer for large companies where he creates concepts and designs. For Gerlof Smit there is no distinction between work and hobby.

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This site is brought to you in cooperation with the Guild of American Papercutters (GAP).

Many thanks to Silhouette Portraits and Silhouettes of You for their support and inspiration.


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