foyefamily on Jul 23, 2016
This piece has a wonderful presence. I have it framed already.
mjworobec on Oct 7, 2015
Such a great gift! Love it!
Rubaek on Jan 24, 2015
It was just as beautiful as I expected and shipped so quickly!
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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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!
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I cannot take check, cash, or money order payments.
I am happy to ship ANYWHERE. Please convo me if you have any special needs or requests regarding shipping.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
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: http://papercutsbyjoe.blogspot.com/2010/02/papercutting-tips-guide-to-paper.html
I use X-Acto products, specifically an X-3051 professional swivel knife and traditional #11 knife. More info here: http://papercutsbyjoe.blogspot.com/2010/01/tools-of-trade-knives.html
I use archival adhesive to mount my pieces. I wrote a blog post about an archival adhesive called StudioTac: http://papercutsbyjoe.blogspot.com/2010/02/guide-to-papercutting-adhesive.html
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.