Renowned Cut Paper Artist To Visit Highfield Hall

Vermont paper cutting artist Carolyn Guest with give a demonstration and workshop at Highfield Hall on August 23. Ms. Guest is among 56 paper cutting artists whose work is on display at Highfield through September 2. The above work by Ms. Guest is titled - Vermont paper cutting artist Carolyn Guest with give a demonstration and workshop at Highfield Hall on August 23. Ms. Guest is among 56 paper cutting artists whose work is on display at Highfield through September 2. The above work by Ms. Guest is titled "The Round Barn."

“A Cut Above: Works from the American Guild of Papercutters” is currently on view at Highfield Hall & Gardens through September 2. Among the works on display are intricate designs cut with surgical scissors from a single sheet of French silhouette paper, multicolored traditional Polish designs made of layered paper, traditional Jewish designs and a six-foot depiction of the tea party scene from “Alice in Wonderland” cut from Tyvek. The exhibition of 56 works by artists from all over the United States encompasses the wide ranging possibilities of the art form which originated in China 2000 years ago.

On Saturday, August 23, at 10 AM, Carolyn Guest, a renowned Vermont paper cutter, will be traveling to the Cape for a demonstration and workshop. Ms. Guest works in the traditional Polish method, known as Wycinanki, of cutting with 13-inch sheep shears. The technique originated in the early 19th century when Polish sheep herders cut designs from tree bark and leather which were used to decorate their homes or were given as gifts. Ms. Guest’s The Round Barn, created using sheep shears, is on display as part of the exhibition.

Ms. Guest will follow the demonstration with a two-hour hands-on workshop at 11 AM. The fee for the workshop is $25 ($20 for members of Highfield Hall).

Register at www.highfieldhall.org or by calling 508-495-1878, extension 2.

Highfield Hall & Gardens is at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth.

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