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sweet framed papercutting design, or Scherenschnitte, by Pennsylvania artist Sharon Schaich
lacy valentine heart motif with doves and flowers
beautiful cherry(?) wood frame with deep mauve matte board backing
signed "SS", stamped with the artist's full name and marked in pencil "1980" on the back
measures 6 1/4" square
ready to hang with linen tab on the back
Scherenschnitte, which means "scissor cuts" in German, is the art of paper cutting design. The art work often has symmetry within the design, and common forms include silhouettes, valentines, and love letters. The art tradition was founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century, and was brought to Colonial America in the 18th century by immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania.
About the artist, Sharon Schaich:
"Lititz cut-paper artist Sharon Schaich, a founding member and past president of the [Papercutters] guild, says paper cutting is enjoying a resurgence. It became popular here in the mid-1960s after Claudia Hopf — wife of Carroll Hopf, then curator of the Pennsylvania Farm Museum of Landis Valley — found paper cuttings in books she was cataloging for the museum."
Read more of the article, published in 2008: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/219026_Papercutters-guild-celebrates-20-years.html
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