May 18, 2012

Collection Name: Drachen Foundation Collection

Collection Number: 2266

Post Type: Book

This item was entered by Matthew Sutton. They assume full responsibility for all content.

Artist or Author: Kathleen Trenchard

Creation Year: 1998

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ISBN: 0-57990-011-9 Language: English Description: With a pair of scissors and a sheet of paper, you can cut out beautiful designs to use as banners, place mats, greeting cards, masks, and much more! In this fun and festive how-to book, cut-paper artist Kathleen Trenchard explains the basics of Mexican papercutting, a centuries-old folk art. Known as papelpicado, which is "punched paper" in Spanish, this popular craft has been used for years to create
colorful tissue-paper banners that are strung across streets and plazas during festivals in Mexico.

Instructions and patterns are provided for cutting appealing projects, such as a hidden-heart Valentine, a lacelike window curtain, a snowflake place mat with
woven ribbons, a luminaria, a hanging ornament, and a Halloween shadow banner. A variety of papers are used, including tissue, metallic foil, rice paper,
and reflective mylar.

The book also describes the fascinating origins of papel picado, illustrated with dozens of remarkable examples of historical and contemporary cut paper by Mexican artists.

Geographic: Mexico

Materials: Paper

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