Guild of American Papercutters
Turning cut paper into art....
A wide variety of commercial papercutting patterns are available for use, whether you are a beginner or advanced cutter. The resources below are only a small selection of those now available in the market place but have been recommended by our members.
Papercuttings by Allison: www.papercuttingsbyalison.com
Books dedicated primarily to the art of papercutting range from how-to texts and collections of easy-to-cut templates, to books on the history of papercutting and its numerous regional variations around the world.
The following books have been recommended by GAP members:
Scherenschnitte by Susanne Schlaepfer-Geiser, published in 1994 in German and 1996 in English. Considered a classic, this book provides both a thorough overview of materials and techniques and a history of the art covering the primary countries in which papercutting has become popular. The book contains many examples of wonderful pieces created by the author and some of the most famous papercutters in history.
Book Resources at The GAP National Museum
Anyone who visits the GAP National Museum at the Laurel Arts Dressler Center in Somerset, PA will find a selection of 50 books on papercutting located in the main office. This collection of books is a perfect complement to the second floor gallery exhibits. Although the books cannot be "signed out", visitors may examine them while visiting the museum. Just sign the log for a volume or two and find a quiet place to peruse the contents. Among the books, you will find volumes on early Pennsylvania German Fraktur, traditional Jewish paper cuttings, colorful Polish forms, contemporary American and European examples, and even how-to books for cutting things like snowflakes. Volumes in foreign languages and rare, out-of-date texts are available by pre-arranged appointment.