Paper Art and First Anniversary Gifts

Boston, Massachusetts On Etsy since 2007

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Paper Art and First Anniversary Gifts

Boston, Massachusetts | 1,476 Sales

papercutsbyjoe is taking a short break


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I am taking a creative break for a while, sorry for the closed shop, but I will be back soon


Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 6, 2016


I am taking a creative break for a while, sorry for the closed shop, but I will be back soon


Joe Bagley

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Joe Bagley


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About papercutsbyjoe

Sales 1,476
On Etsy since 2007

I take pieces of black paper and cut lots of holes in them with a knife. It’s really cool, I swear...

But it’s also harder than it sounds! I use an X-Acto knife to cut all of my pieces from one continuous piece of paper, meaning all parts of the design interconnect. The art of papercutting is meticulous work that requires patience, dexterity and precision—luckily, I also really enjoy it! I hand cut each of my pieces, and I also typically create my designs based on photos I snapped myself, making them one-of-a-kind. I use the highest-quality archival materials to ensure that each piece will last generations.

I have always been interested in papercutting, starting as a little kid by mimicking design books, and eventually developing my own style. My inspirations come from my love for history, architecture, nature, and my native New England. Favoring clean lines, photo-realistic detail and the bold graphic statement of black and white, I aim to put a modern spin on silhouette art, even verging at times on abstraction.

I began selling my work on Etsy in 2007, and was fortunate enough to spend a few years exclusively as a full-time artist. Now I am back at work as a professional archaeologist and live with my wife, Jen, in Boston. My work has been shown in galleries and museums across the country, was featured in the Wall Street Journal, and made history as the first pin on Pinterest, chosen by Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann. I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the Guild of American Papercutters.

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  • Joe

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Master Papercutter

    Though I've spent years as a full time artist I'm a professional archaeologist by trade. Now the City Archaeologist of Boston, my passion for papercutting has kept me producing my own distinctive style of this traditional art!

Shop policies

Last updated on February 15, 2015
All of my pieces are inspired by nature, the human form, and architecture. My desire is to create a modern, lasting piece of art that will make a statement on your wall.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I guarantee the mounting/adhesives of my work, so in the extremely unlikely event that the piece becomes detached or shifts, I will happily reattach the piece. Reattachment service is free.
Paypal and direct payment through Etsy are my preferred payment options.

I cannot take check, cash, or money order payments.
Shipping is always USPS First Class. Framed pieces will typically ship USPS Priority Mail. All pieces will have delivery confirmation/tracking.

I am happy to ship ANYWHERE. Please convo me if you have any special needs or requests regarding shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not take custom orders. Due to the high volume of requests, I may not be able to respond to your custom request convos.

Wholesale is welcomed—please convo me or email me at papercutsbyjoe [!at] gmail. com with any questions or requests.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

My pieces are mounted to a white mat board background. Your piece will arrive mounted.

The “From” line on the shipping label will read, “J. Bagley,” and will NOT mention my shop name, in case you are keeping the gift a secret.

All pieces are marked DO NOT BEND, and I include a sheet of particle board with the padded envelope, which I PROMISE will prevent anyone from bending the piece. I have not had a single complaint about a piece getting damaged in the mail since I began selling on Etsy in 2007.

Again, I do not take custom design requests. “Custom” includes the addition of text (written or cut) into a pre-existing design in the shop. I am happy to include brief notes to the recipient inside the packaging, but not on the piece itself.

The paper I use is specially made for papercutters. Here is a blog post with all the details and a bunch of photos of the paper:

I use X-Acto products, specifically an X-3051 professional swivel knife and traditional #11 knife. More info here:

I use archival adhesive to mount my pieces. I wrote a blog post about an archival adhesive called StudioTac:

If you have a blog or website and you would like to show my work or feature me, please feel free to use any photo on my site, blog, facebook page, or Etsy store. I just ask that you include at least one link back to my Etsy store or website.