beautiful old art form
cutting from Jeri's 1st Children's Book
The above is one of my
What is Scherenschnitte?
Scherenschnitte (pronounced Sharon-sh-net, if German or Sharon-sh-net-ah if
Swiss) is the German word for the art of
scissors snipping or paper cutting. This lovely old art form has been around for
hundreds of years starting in China with the invention of paper. Paper cutting
traveled throughout Asia and Europe and eventually was brought to America by the
Europeans. Germans settling in Pennsylvania, known as the Pennsylvania Dutch
created paper cuttings which were used for: Marriage and Birth certificates, Christmas
ornaments, home decoration and simply for the joy of creating art. Many other
groups have cutting styles unique to their regions: Jewish,
Polish, Dutch, Chinese, Mexican and Japanese papercutting.. just to name a
few. My clear choices are the Swiss and German styles, as well as
some early American styles, however, I do admire them all.
Scherenschnitte over twenty-five years ago while
looking through a book on Early American Folk Art and hasnít put down her
scissors and knives since.
To create a
piece of Scherenschnitte:
first draws her design using a medium weight paper (parchment paper is a
using tiny scissors, and sma11, razor sharp knives, she meticulously cuts
out the image while still leaving the remaining paper intact, in other
words, the remaining design is still one piece of paper. This can take
anywhere from an hour to a hundred hours, depending on the intricacy of the
When this is complete, Jeri mixes media by using the silhouette which
she has designed and cut as a platform or a canvas, and paints a beautiful
watercolor painting atop the silhouette. Or she may paint a watercolor
background and places silhouettes atop to give the silhouettes more interest
then mounts each finished painted cutting on black mat board giving it a very
distinctive dramatic look.
each piece is framed in an antique styled Hand-grained frame.
Jeriís work varies in size
and subject matter. Sizes range from 2Ē by 3 inches, to her larger pieces, 4í by
5 feet. Subject matter varies from traditional Early American themes such as
barn dances and quilting bees to fanciful finned, feathered or furry critters
from her vivid
Most of Jeriís original
Scherenschnitte) creations are
reproduced as signed and numbered limited addition lithographic prints which are
available for purchase.
The above piece was inspired by a very similar antique
papercutting created in 1840.
These links will take
you to more of Jeri's paper-cuttings and prints