We have the Chinese to thank for conjuring up a material that’s really flexible in its plethora of uses. By going against the grain of merely using woven Papyrus leaves (as used by the early Egyptians), the Chinese invented paper around 100 A.D. Ever since then, paper continues to be a part of our everyday life.
The invention of paper was a revolutionary feat in itself, but what truly keeps it alive is how it’s being used. Styles and techniques may change in every turn of the century, but what’s always consistent is how creativity can always make the best out of what’s on hand.
More than just being something to write on, the use of paper evolved into a craft of artistic value. This is where paper cutting comes in. This practice started off in China, and has spread around the world, slowly taking on the trademark styles of various cultures.
In recent years, more artists around the world have been going for a contemporary take on this timeless material. Laura Heyenga, an editor at the San Francisco Museum of Art, compiled these works from different paper cutting artists into a book that’s brimming with creativity.
Scroll down to see the pages of the book! You’ll find works from many different artists, Mia Pearlman’s included. This may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the infinite possibilities in paper cutting, but this crash course is worth having in your book collection.
“Paper Cutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft”
Compiled by Laura Heyenga
Preface by Rob Ryan
Introduction by Natalie Avella
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