As a native Ohio farm girl, I spent much of my time creating my own entertainment. My passions, from the time I was four, were playing my violin, playing outdoors, and playing with paper. My mother would always give me scissors and paper to cut and paste, create some, often times obscure pictures, or just to cut. I remember being fascinated by the shapes that one could form by cutting paper strips, tossing them into the air, and watching them land in strange patterns. Perhaps my interest was only natural since I am partly of Pennsylvania Dutch descent. These Germans brought the paper cutting tradition to America; hence, the name Scherenschnitte which means “the art of paper cutting into decorative designs.”
Eventually, music became my career but it was through music and teaching that I became reconnected with my love of paper. The art teacher, in the school in which I was teaching, brought in some decorative paper, patterns, and some specialized scissors. This was the beginning of the many years in which I have been enjoying creating paper cuts, exploring the history, and the cultures of other countries in which Scherenschnitte is a tradition.
I find that many of the elements of music, such as dynamics, line, harmony, texture, and melody, can be expressed with paper through design, the texture of the paper, colors, etc. Many nights you will find me working on a new cutting after a symphony rehearsal or at the end of a day of teaching.
I am presently a violinist in the Venice Symphony, the music and art teacher at the Good Shepherd Day School, and run my own private music lesson studio. I am a member of the Guild of American Paper Cutters, Art in Public Places, and a recipient of the Art in Public Places Award. My paper cuts have been published in a local magazine. My cutting “Halloween” was recently chosen by the Guild of American Papercutters to be the calendar page for the month of October. This calendar is an International publication.