Wycinanki Polish Papercuttings by Megg Sorensen

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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 at, many items are priced lower, too!

My name is Megg and I'm the owner/artist at Sparrow Papercraft. The art that I create is called wycinanki (vee-chee-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 am Polish on my mom's side and learned wycinanki from a family friend 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 South 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.

There are two major styles of wycinanki that I learned. One is from the Kurpie region, which typically involves a design cut from a single sheet of paper. The other is the Łowicz region, which features layer upon layer of bright colors. This use of layered color is also unique in the world of traditional papercutting. I cut in both of these styles in my work.

As my store grows I will have both original papercuts available for sale, as well as fine art archival prints of cuts I've done.

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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