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Exhibition: “Papercutters Times Three”

6 January 2021 @ 8:00 am 9 February 2021 @ 5:00 pm UTC+0

Work by Beth Wunder, Lucky Kim and Linda Emmerson at the Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, Iowa.

Find more information about this exhibition here.

Paper Cutting is a traditional art form practiced in a variety of guises in countries around the world. The three of us found our ways from different directions. Beth was introduced to the Polish style at a Wycinanki workshop in New Mexico. Linda visited a museum devoted to Scherenschnitte in Switzerland, and Lucky grew up with the Korean traditional paper (Hanji) art. All of these influences can be seen in our individual and developing styles.

Linda Emmerson Statement + Bio
Since my discovery in 1976 of the Swiss Tradition of papercutting, I have been happily snipping away. After 20 years of drawing with a T-square and triangle, my new career, 40 years and counting, continues to be a liberating source of discovery and satisfaction.

Beth Wunder Statement + Bio
From my very first cutting, I have been fascinated by the challenge of changing a drawing into a silhouette and deciding which lines must be cut to portray the essence of the design.  I like the precision and exactness required, and the clean look of the cut. Doing that with scissors or knife and paper, easily accessible and inexpensive materials, is always exciting and fun. I took a course from Elsbieta Kaleta, a Polish Wycinanki artist, in 1993 and have been cutting ever since. I have taught weeklong workshops and do commissions as well as printed cards of original work. I am a member of the Guild of American Papercutters.

Lucky Kim Statement + Bio
Lucky Kim, originally coming from South Korea, specializes in Korean Traditional Paper Art, Korean Paper (Hanji) made from mulberry tree. Though she had no formal background in art, 30years ago, she discovered the art of Hanji and fell in love with the bright colors and intricate, traditional patterns. In the past, she has meddled in woodworking and felt and recently discovered clay as a new medium, inspiring her to make traditional Hanji boxes with clay.


Octagon Center for the Arts

427 Douglas Avenue
Ames, Iowa United States
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