The Art of Paper Cutting

Annie Howe in Action

Annie Howe

Text by Linda Wright/Photography by Sean Scheidt Photography

The word “scherenschnitte,” meaning scissor snips, is the German name for the art of paper cutting. Today, however, you are more likely to find artists making creative cuts with a craft knife.

For as long as paper has existed, people have been cutting it. The oldest surviving paper cutwork is a circle discovered in China dating back to the 6th century. Detailed paper cuts have been found in a variety of styles from countries and cultures around the world.