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Thursday, 21 July 2011

Paper Cutting

Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi (Chinese: 剪纸, jiǎn zhǐ) is the first type of papercutting design, since paper was invented by Cai Lun in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. The art form later spread to other parts of the world with different regions adopting their own cultural styles. Because the cut outs are also used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to "chuāng huā" (窗花), meaning Window Flower. (Information taken from Wikipedia)

I am really inspired by traditional Chinese Paper Cutting. I have done quite a lot of cut work in my own designs but nothing as intricate as these.

Here are some traditional Chinese Paper Cuttings by Zhou He.
Chinese Paper Cut - Butterfly
By Zhou He

Chinese Paper Cutting - Peony and Phoenix
By Zhou He

Chinese Paper Art - Scent of Flowers
By Zhou He

Chinese Zodiac Paper Cut - Year of the Rooster
By Zhou He
I have also found some modern papercuts being sold on Etsy.

Eastern Towhee Papercut by kathrynrobertson   

Tufted Titmouse Mola  by kathrynrobertson

Wild Turkey Papercut by kathrynrobertson
Long Eared Owl  by kathrynrobertson

All about Trees by papercutdiecut

Butterflies Dance by papercutdiecut   
Hummingbird  by papercutdiecut

My sunflowers  by papercutdiecut

 Here is one of my cut work Textile designs.
Cut work design by Emma Elizabeth Clease

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