"Scissors for a Brush" exhibit, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle

“Scissors for a Brush” exhibit, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle

Papercuts by Karen Bit Vejle

Papercuts by Karen Bit Vejle

I just learned a new word, psaligraphy, which means the art of paper cutting.  Psaligraphic artist, Karen Bit Vejle, has an exhibit of her work at Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum.  Called “Scissors for a Brush,” the show displays the delicate, lace-like, “paintings” pressed between clear acrylic frames so that the airy negative spaces and shadows seem as much of the art as the paper.








Karen Bit Vejle is a Danish-Norwegian artist, but the art of papercutting has roots in many other cultures as well such as Japanese kirigami, German scherenschnitte, and Polish wycinanki.  The Seattle exhibit is the first time Karen Bit Vejle’s art has been shown in the United States.  Next year, from January to May 2014, the exhibit will travel to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. If you can’t see it in person, you can view an online guide with more information about each piece on display at this link.

Clouds of Cut-Paper

April 25, 2012

"Honeycomb Clouds" by Celeste Cooning

The University of Washington is 150 years old and it celebrated last weekend with Husky Fest.  I stopped by the big tent on Red Square, a temporary pavilion and Husky Fest central, to see the cut-paper installations by Seattle artist Celeste Cooning.  I like paper crafts of all kinds, but Cooning’s “Honeycomb Clouds” took this type of art to a new level.  I’ll be keeping my eyes out for new works by this local artist.

"Honeycomb Clouds" hung from the ceiling

Patterns of shadow and light

Photo with zoom focus effect

Intricately cut paper

You can see more of Celeste Cooning’s work on her website.


The Martha Stewart in Me

March 25, 2010

New treatment over the dining room door

Garland of paper beads and buttons, dyed egg, and paper bunnies

Bunny ornament, silver balls, and garland of paper beads and buttons

I don’t do as much seasonal decorating as I did when my daughter was small.  But this year I created a little point of interest above our dining room door.  I simply tacked up a horizontal branch, and then decorated it with a few handmade things:  some blown-out eggs that were then dyed, some paper bunnies, and a garland strung with paper beads, buttons, and silver balls.  Simple, but festive.