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History, influences, early materials (leather and bark) prior to the use of paper. Tools (early cutters used sheep shears). Design inspiration (decoration and tapestries seen in homes of affluence). Peasant interpretations (stylized birds, fl~wers, rhythmical repeats).
Adapting and rearranging traditional design motifs. A.B.C. identification. Translating to circular cutouts and tree designs. Designs in endless variety.
Multicolor Variations. Overlays of color, including commercially available aids such as peel-off labels, gummed papers.
Color combinations and accents used on furniture, beams, cornices, in horizontal form (emphasis on flowers, birds, and panoramic decorations.) Design assemblages.
Designs that have special focus (regional details of costume and custom). Idea sources. Making dry runs of compositions and developing many uses for the same subject (using multiple photocopies).
Mizrah plaque~designeito face Jerusalem using the lion, deer, Torah, grape vines, griffin, peacock, and other motifs. Research for this form of Polish origin.
Story format of folding the 5-pointed star using the story of a policeman at a parade. Helping children identify the various A.B.C. cuts with story and cutting keyed to a child lost after a parade. Mlaking mobiles.
Silk-screening using original papercuts. Tusche method of transfer. - Fund-raising potential using a Wycinanki demonstration team.
Traditional egg pitchers and Christmas ornaments. Reducing and transferring your own design with polymer medium.
Newspapers, magazines, tapestries, and embroideries.
Hans Christian Anderson, Mlarie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine the Great. Longest papercut known. American papercutters. Yale College collection. Books, Articles, Libraries, fluseums. and other sources consulted. Outlets for Wycinanki materials
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