My mom actually taught me how to papercut when I was a kid. She's Pennsylvania Dutch and papercutting (or scherenschnitte which means "scissor cuts" in German) was a traditional art form she learned when she was growing up. I was always an artsy kid and went to college for drawing and painting but didn't really do much papercutting until after graduation, when I was looking for a less-messy alternative to painting. I found my old scherenschnitte paper and gave it another try and the rest, as they say, is history!
Describe your personal creative process
Every piece starts as a pretty basic drawing that I re-work over and over and eventually translate into an outline for cutting. For me, that's always the most tedious part and the fun really starts when I take knife to paper and start cutting. I use a basic #11 x-acto knife and carefully trace all my lines, adding detail and slightly changing things as I go along. Cutting can take between 3 hours and 30 hours depending on the complexity and size of the piece. The cutting is relaxing and almost meditative in a way and it's always my favorite part of my process. After the papercut is finished being cut, I layer different colored papers behind it, sometimes creating my own backing papers by digitally painting the colors I want and then printing them out. The whole thing gets assembled in a shadowbox so the end result is a little 3-D paper world. I also scan the papercut so that it can be reproduced into prints, notebooks, jewelry, and other items. So fun
Every year it's my goal to read at least 50 books and I'm a bit of a bookworm. Right now I'm reading the Outlander series and am currently on book #4.
What is your favorite movie or book ever?
My favorite movie ever has got to be "What About Bob?" - I've seen it well over 100 times and can probably quote it from start to finish. I love Bill Murray! :)