Guild of American Papercutters

 founded 1988

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  • 07 Aug 2019 11:28 PM | Jerise Fogel (Administrator)

    Looking ahead to next year's Pittsburgh Conference, GAP members are excited to be beginning a new collaborative project, and we want you to join in!

    The idea, with many thanks to Kathy Trexel Reed for the inspiration, is to create several Round Robin Altered Art Book Collaborations, based on different themes--e.g. "the cosmos," "trees/leaves," "friendship," "upside-down worlds," "imagined natural world," "behind locked doors," "color wheel,"--the possibilities are endless. The art books will be created by small groups, most likely of three or four artists. Here's the plan:

    1. The group members first agree on a book (existing--it could be a blank book, if you like, or Carl Sagan's Cosmos, or a work on abstract painting...) to work together on, a theme, and possibly some parameters for the artistic treatment of the book (if there are any--for instance, will each person do a certain number of pages? will there be any overall color or texture palette? etc.).

    2. Then, the first member works for up to a month, starting to alter the book according to plan. Each member sends the book by mail to the next member, to have new art and alteration added to it, until everyone has had a chance to create and build on it--then the book goes around a second time for final touches, photos, etc.

    The goal is to create three or four books by the time of next year's Conference in June/July in Pittsburgh, to exhibit them there, and to auction them off to support GAP's activities and membership.If you would like to be part of one of the Round Robin Altered Art Book Groups, send a message to by August 31st, giving your name, address, and any ideas you have about themes/books. Also, let us know if you have friends who'd like to be in your group, or participate in another group, and we can contact them with information also! More details will be forthcoming soon!

    Looking forward to hearing from you, and making art with you!

  • 20 Oct 2018 10:35 AM | David Reichard (Administrator)

    GAP Members can now access 111 back issues of the Organization's First Cut newsletter dating back to 1988!  Just sign on at the top of this page, and then look for PUBLICATIONS under the MEMBER menu item.  You will find many inspirational articles and papercutting examples, plus tips, member profiles, and more! 

  • 22 Feb 2018 10:40 AM | David Reichard (Administrator)

    GAP members can now print their own membership cards!  Just go to your member profile (by logging in and clicking on your name at the top of this page) and choose between a printable PDF version or a PNG file suitable for smartphones.  The card will include data from your member profile, like email address and website name (if applicable); so make sure your profile is up-to-date.  Your next membership renewal date will also appear on the card.

  • 23 Jun 2017 9:57 AM | Melanie Kehoss (Administrator)
    If you are a member and you have an exhibit coming up, you can list your exhibit on our Events page!  Just email and include the following information:
    • Exhibit title
    • Venue name, address, and website
    • Date and time of opening reception, if any
    • Exhibit dates
    • You may also attach an image of a postcard or work that will be on display

    To see upcoming exhibits, click on the Events tab on the GAP homepage.  You can also post and find out about member events at our Facebook page!

  • 06 May 2017 12:04 PM | David Reichard (Administrator)

    Are you a GAP Member who has a papercutting related website?  If so, you should consider listing your site's internet address (URL) on your member profile.  Members who do so will appear periodically in the "Featured Member" area on this page.  It's free advertising for members!

  • 06 Mar 2017 1:29 PM | David Reichard (Administrator)

    A place has been added under the GAP website "Resources" tab for a listing of books on papercutting.  New and old papercutters can benefit from books that expand their knowledge of the history and techniques related to this art.  Book list recommendations may be sent to me through the website "Directory" tab by searching my name and using the Send Message button.

  • 26 Jul 2015 5:36 PM | Sarah Madison

    Congratulations to our GAP members who have sold  their papercuttings at recent GAP exhibits: 

    Darcy Walker - one piece on display at Banfill-Locke
    Ellen Lengel - two pieces on display at Highfield Hall

  • 18 Jun 2015 2:01 PM | Sarah Madison

    Dave Jenkins recently had a chance to use the Google Analytics program to uncover some statistics about GAP website visits or "hits."  Here is what he learned about website hits between Feb 25 and June 13:

    • User sessions (visits): 3,304 total; about 30 hits per day
    • 60% of users are over 55
    • 75% are female
    • most users are visiting the site using a desktop computer vs. mobile
    • most visitors are from the U.S. (although 79 countries/political entities are represented)

    That's quite a bit of traffic on the GAP website!  If you haven't updated your online profile to include samples of your work or a link to your business website, consider doing so so that our visitors can learn more about our members and their artwork!

  • 11 May 2015 1:41 PM | Sarah Madison

    Leslie Miller reports:  "a customer at a fair years ago has just contacted me. Said she has been thinking a long time of ordering a paper cut for herself. She has so many ideas. This was an open studios attendee from years ago when I had a studio at Fountain Street Studios in Framingham .  You never know [where your next order will come from!]

    And Kim Phillips recently had one of her papercuts travel to Israel for display at the Bible Lands Museum.

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