I wrote a blog post about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, saying that “scherenschnitte” was a winning word, and not one that I had ever come across.

Amy’s Aunt Joyce, a regular blog reader, not only knew the word; she and Uncle Ray have a framed scherenschnitte that was a wedding present.  Scherenschnitte is a German word meaning “scissor cuts”, and it’s a whole new art form for me. Google it if you’d like to see examples.  Here’s what Wikipedia has to say by way of description:

Scherenschnitte (German pronunciation: [ˈʃeːʁənˌʃnɪtə]), which means “scissor cuts” in German, is the art of paper cutting design. The artwork often has rotational symmetry within the design, and common forms include silhouettes, valentines, and love letters. The art tradition was founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century and was brought to Colonial America in the 18th century by Swiss and German immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania.”

I’m delighted to learn more about scherenschnitte, and was thrilled when Joyce sent a picture of their framed one. Here it is. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Scherenschnitte

  1. for Joyce: I’m fascinated by how various art forms pop up in very different parts of the world. Panamanian molas use a similar cut-out technique, although with layers of fabric.

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