I create my art pieces with scissors, cutting paper (Scherenschnitte). These papercuttings are in black and white because I like to concen-trate fully on the composition and the dramatic effect of light versus dark. This is also the traditional form of this very old art form. The process is like woodcutting or sculpting, in that you start with a blank resource and create the art by simply cutting parts of it away. In either case, precision is paramount. Because of that, it demands full concentration. I am particularly enthused by this process when I succeed in making an extremely intricate cutting with lines that are no thicker than thread-width. All of my cuttings are cut out of a single sheet of paper. That means that the remaining design is still one piece of paper. The only instrument that I am using is a pair of small scissors. In comparison to exacto-knives the scissors enables me to make more organic shapes.
To me, the essence of art is its ability to trans-cend feelings, to create an atmosphere and emotions and to capture the attention of the viewer. My philosophy behind the scissors cutting is also, that you take a simple sheet of paper, just one plain color (and I know that some think that black and white are not exactly colors) and then create something really beautiful out of it.
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