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Papercutting Book Ideas!

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.


  • 09 Mar 2017 2:52 PM | David Reichard (Administrator)
    Kathy Trexel Reed reports that a library of some 50 books is available for on-site reading and research at the GAP National Museum in Somerset, PA.
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  • 22 Jul 2017 11:27 PM | Kathy Trexel Reed
    GAP Papercutting Books for Research

    A new resource about papercutting is available at Laurel Arts, Somerset, PA. where a large selection of books on the subject has been installed on a shelf in the main office. These 50 books are part of the Guild of American Papercutters National Museum collection, and they are a perfect complement to the second floor gallery exhibits. Although the books are not to “sign out” in the conventional library way, visitors may examine them when you visit the art center. Sign the log for a particular volume or two and find a quiet place to peruse the contents. You will discover a wide range of topics and acquire a deeper, broader definition for Papercutting. Among the books, you will find subjects that include: early PA German Fraktur, traditional Jewish paper cuttings, colorful Polish forms, contemporary American and European examples, and, yes, even steps for variations of cut paper, like snowflakes. Volumes in other languages and rare copies of out of date texts are available by pre-arranged appointment to the archive.

    Whether you think of papercutting as a craft or as an expressive, graphic art form, the books will allow you to connect with other cultures, and to learn more about the history of the art. Because using paper as a medium and a blade as a tool is a way to experiment creatively and inexpensively, you might even want to try your hand at it (if you are not already involved). Add your name and interest to a class-list in the office for a future introductory session. Papercutting is a subject worth investigating at any age. Its techniques, tools, and approaches are as varied as the people who work with the art form. Like other art pursuits, one can develop more confidence and skills with practice. Since “no one’s you-er than you”, your own projects will be reflections of your personality and experiences.

    So, visit our GAP Museum! Open the books, look between the covers, consider the paper cuttings in the GAP Museum, and then interact with the medium. As it speaks to you, you may surprise yourself discovering papercutting is a fascinating pursuit.
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