The Department of Illustration

Webcast on cut paper

Posted in Digital by The Department of Illustration on October 27, 2009

Cut paper has long been part of craft traditions around the world. From silhouettes in turn-of-the-century Europe to Mexico’s papel picado (“perforated paper”), intricate paper cut-outs have informed and shaped visual culture. In the past few years, cut paper has seen a major revival among contemporary artists and designers, who are inspired by paper’s malleability, its ephemeral quality, and its power to convey a broad range of meanings.

In this webcast you will learn about:

  • The fascinating, multi-cultural history of cut-paper art.
  • Its place in the contemporary art and design scene.
  • Why artists are choosing it to convey their ideas today.

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