Guild of American Papercutters

 founded 1988


Members of the Guild receive an electronic monthly "First Cut" newsletter filled with news about the organization, member art, and interesting articles about people, places, and all things related to papercutting.  Other publications, including a high quality calendar and an annual compendium of selected GAP members' work, have appeared in the past.  Near the end of 2019, current GAP members will receive a set of printed cards showing member papercuttings included in the "Places in Paper" exhibition.  GAP welcomes new members who would like to work on these projects.  

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

First Cut

First Cut is the Guild’s newsletter which is published at the beginning of each month.  It features a collection of articles and images provided by, and about, Guild members and their work.  Other possible contributions include 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 from either Guild members or outside experts.   

The current First Cut editor is GAP member Rosa Leff.  Articles and inquiries may be sent to her at



Guild members have access to electronic copies of past GAP publications, including over 100 issues of First Cut magazines that were previously published quarterly.  These publications provide a unique source of inspiration and information about all aspects of papercutting through images, articles, and how-to tutorials.

Members can view all past publications currently available by logging into the website at the top of the homepage and selecting GAP Publications under the Members menu.  Such access is only available to GAP members.


Additional opportunities to learn about papercutting and to interact with GAP members and others with similar interests are available through social media sites affiliated with the Guild.  Current opportunities are The Guild of American Papercutters group on Facebook and GuildofAmericanPapercutters on Instagram.  Links to these two sites appear to the left and on the GAP website homepage.

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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.

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