A papercut is "a design or picture which is cut from a single sheet of paper in such a manner that it remains a continuous, connected whole".
This fascinating art form has been practiced in China for more than 1000 years. Distinctive styles have developed in various parts of the world and by individual artists.
My interest in papercutting began while staying home with my young children. After viewing the amazing work of others, I had to learn more
about this art form.
A successful cutter must have lots of patience, a steady hand, and a very sharp blade. After much practice, I mastered the basic techniques
and my imagination took off. "If only my hands could keep up with my mind!"
Many of my designs have evolved from my love of nature and background as a science teacher.
My most recent pieces incorporate the use of two or more colors of paper. Each color is intricately cut from a flat sheet of paper using a small, sharp knife. The cut paper is then carefully layered and glued. I have combined traditional papercutting techniques with a more contemporary style.
My passion for cutting developed into my business called KD Designs in 1997.
I am a juried member of the Lehigh Valley Guild of Craftsmen and the Guild of American Papercutters.