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Saturday, September 16, 2006


Scherenschnitte

So I checked out this book in my last library stash called Scherenschnitte.
Scherenschnitte (pronounced Sharon-sh-net, if German or Sharon-sh-net-ah if Swiss) is the German word for the art of scissors snipping or paper cutting.

I have been obsessed with the fact that I could teach myself how to do silouette cuttings. So when I saw this book I was intrigued. It is a little different and has a different art form. If you think you might be interested here is a beginner kit. here is a link for another website to learn more.
click here

I just am so intrigued by this art. So you can imagine my excitement when I go to Target tonight as see their whole Halloween theme has a Scherenschnitte feel. I got this awesome metal cut circle that looks just like scherenschnitte saying Happy Halloween. You will be able to see it in my upcoming Halloween decor smugmug album. (pulled out the Halloween decor already... love it!)
I can't stop thinking about this art... yikes not one more thing.

does anyone else think siloutte stying stuff is everywhere or is it just me?

10 comments:

Amanda said...

I actually have been obcessed with the stuff for some time now, although I did not know that that was its proper name. There is a little place near us called "Old Salem" the essentially is a living history mueseum dipicting life in the late 1700's of a group of settler's from Moravia, Germany...anyhow in thier gift shop they showcase some originals that you can buy. I have on several occiasions considered buying a small one of a mother reading to her children, however the 200 odd dollar price tag has been a deterent I must admit. Anyhow, you aren't alone in your ardent appreciation! (I just got back from Old Salem tonight actually, I needed a historical sort of fix I guess. We all just walked around for a few hours, very relaxing.)

Amanda said...

P.S. although I did not buy the real one for 200 I did buy a framed print of one at a more budget friendly price, it has a tree of life in the middle with angels on top and the profiles of a bride and groom on each side. It is hanging beside our front door.

Mindy said...

perfect!!!! problem solved!!!! you can do the twins' silhouette!!

sec said...

When Julie and Debbie were small, there was a lady at a street fair in California who did those "cutting" silhouettes. She was very elderly and started doing them during WW II to earn money while her husband was away at war. They were such great works of art, as far as I was concerned. Such a talent, and I am sure if you want to do it you will master the skill!!!

Amie said...

Something else you love? You make me tired and I can't keep up. I need to follow you around for a day and take lessons on how to fit it all in.

Claudissima said...

oh i love french/belgium lace and this kind of resembles the looks of it...but I have been fascinated by it for a while...I love doiles....is that how you spell it???

Amy said...

There are some gorgeous examples on the website you linked. So intricate! I haven't noticed it around much, but I'm sure I'll see it everywhere now. I hope you'll post some examples of your workk if you decide to go for it! I'm sure it will be fabulous.

Jill said...

That's pretty cool. I fear I'm impaired though because I can't seem to see where I need to cut in order to get the opposite affect. I suppose I could follow instructions, but that may be presumptuous of me considering I have spatial relations issues.

pam said...

I haven't seen much of it around here. I do enjoy it, it has a homey, cozy air about it and brings me fond memories of my mom. I'm sure I'll start to notice it more now that you've pointed it out. Thanks for the phonetic pronounceation (sp), I couldn't have even tried without it.

michelle said...

I have been admiring Scherenschnitte for quite awhile now. I'm not brave enough to try it myself though! You are so inspiring.