SparrowPapercraft

Wycinanki Polish Papercuttings by Sam Wróbel

Elton, Louisiana

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YOU CAN FIND MANY MORE ITEMS AND BETTER DEALS over at sparrowpapercraft.com/shop! My non-Etsy shop now offers Paypal, Apple Pay, Venmo, international shipping, priority shipping, and Afterpay. Thanks for checking out my work!

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Thanks for visiting my shop! Due to Etsy's policies making it harder and harder for independant artists to survive, I am letting many listings expire. You can find my full selection of items including original papercuttings at sparrowpapercraft.com/shop (and many items are priced lower there, too!)

My name is Sam Wróbel and I'm the owner/artist at Sparrow Papercraft. The art that I create is called wycinanki (vee-cheh-non-kee), which is the Polish folk art of papercutting. It is traditionally made with sheep shears and grasping scissors (as opposed to the kind of scissors you operate with just a couple fingers). The cutting tool becomes an extension of one's hand. Most other forms of traditional papercutting use tiny sewing-type scissors or stamps to create cuts, and most modern techniques use a knife, so wycinanki is unique in its use of larger shears to create intricate designs.

I have Polish heritage and learned wycinanki from master wycinanki artist Doris Sikorsky when I was a child. We received two master/apprentice grants in ethnic art from the Illinois Arts Council so that she could teach me. As an adult I worked as a grocery store sign artist for many years and mostly made illustration-type artwork. Recently I have returned to papercutting, and it has been a renaissance in my life. It is a connection to both my ancestry and culture and to my personal history.

After years of full-time travel I have been drawn to Southwest Louisiana. As wycinanki artists in Poland traditionally drew inspiration from their daily rural lives, I am inspired by the beauty of Louisiana that I see in my life today.

Wycinanki is considered a dying art. Even in Poland it is not done by many people anymore, and most of those artists are older. I am humbled and honored to carry on this beautiful, rich tradition. Thank you so much for your support!

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  • Sam Wrobel

    Owner, Maker, Papercutter

    Sam Wróbel is a Louisiana-based folk artist specializing in wycinanki, the Polish folk art of papercutting. Sam is on the board of the Guild of American Papercutters and edits their publication, First Cut. Find Sam on Instagram @sparrowpapercraft

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