Guild of American Papercutters

Turning cut paper into art....


Members of the Guild receive several publications throughout the year which feature our members' works of art:  a high-quality, themed Annual (Spring); our "FirstCut" newsletter packed with member images, news, and interesting articles (summer); and a yearly calendar (autumn). 

Become a member of GAP to receive your copies of GAP publications and gain access to our online PDF collection.

  GAP Annual

The GAP Annual is published once a year in the Spring. Members submit up to three pieces which represent their best efforts to date that year and have challenged them to push themselves and their techniques.

Based on a different theme each year, contributions from members can be in either black and white or color, must be original in design & concept and submitted in high resolution. Artworks submitted may be flat or 3-D, as long as paper is the primary medium. While not juried per se, art submitted must be clearly photographed and represent the highest level of skill and still reflect the direction of the book. Themes have included "Nature in Paper", "Music in Mind", and "Fairy and Folk Tales."

The resulting publication is of an exceptionally high standard, numbers up to eighty pages or so, depending on the number of submissions, and is a welcome addition to anyone's collection of books on paper art or art in general. For further information contact


FirstCut is the Guild’s newsletter which is published once a year each summer. Compiled by volunteers, it features a collection of articles and images provided by, and about, Guild members and their work.  Additionally included are discussions of the history and trends of paper art, the business of papercutting, noteworthy links to the Internet, book reviews, "how to" tips and helpful suggestions regarding the use of materials, tools, methods, etc.. 

Involvement is open to all members who may enjoy contributing to its content, production, and growth.  Members may submit images that are original in design and articles/stories/tips/suggestions are welcome by either Guild members or outside experts.   

Past editors of FirstCut have been Steven Woodbury, Ellen Haberlein, Kerchner McConlogue, Sukey Harris, Angela Mohr and Pat Stuntz.   There is now a new Publications Committee that is working to develop the process and calendar for submitting work, articles, etc. for all publications.  Guidelines and information will be provided shortly.


The GAP Calendar features works by Guild members and is sent out to members in the fall. If you are a Guild member and do not receive a calendar for 2018, please email us at

Copyright ©2017 Guild of American Papercutters. All Rights Reserved.

The Guild is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The operation of the Guild of American Papercutters is accomplished entirely by volunteers, with no member or officer receiving any payment for their work.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software