Paper Cuts Research

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The knowledge of Paper making did not reach Europe until the 13th century so papercutting could only have arrived after that.

In Switzerland and Germany for example it was not until the 16th century that papercut art or scherenschnitte was established (see also silhouette).

I am a paper cutting artist from USA but I am traveling to China this summer to research paper cutting. I will visit Beijing's 798 district and Foshan, but do you know of any other places with a high concentration of paper artists?

Access to society journal content varies across our titles.Paper-cut is a very distinctive visual art of Chinese handicrafts.It originated from the 6th century when women used to paste golden and silver foil cuttings onto their hair at the temples, and men used them in sacred rituals.Japanese paper cutting is called Kirie or Kirigami (literally meaning cut picture).It is said to have developed after 610 AD when Tesuki Washi paper, invented in China, was brought to Japan by Doncho, a Buddhist monk from Korea.To make the three-dimensional scenes pop out visually from the paper, as they are usually in monochrome, engravers must exert their imagination.They must delete secondary parts and compose the main body properly, abstractly and boldly.Papercutting or paper cutting is the art of paper designs.The art has evolved uniquely all over the world to adapt to different cultural styles.One traditional distinction most styles share in common is that the designs are cut from a single sheet of paper as opposed to multiple adjoining sheets as in collage.By the eighth or ninth century papercutting appeared in West Asia and in Turkey in the 16th century.

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