Sheep Shear Cuttings
Carolyn E. Guest
Paper cutter Carolyn (Gorham) Guest grew up on a farm in Lyndon, Vermont, not far from her father's fifth generation home farm. She was an active 4-H member and, as a young adult, spent six months living and working in Poland as an International 4-H Youth Exchange student. Folk art and crafts were always an intricate part of her life.
While there, she was introduced to the Polish Folk Art of Wycinanki (vee-chee-non-kee) or paper cutting. This has taken her back to Poland and many other places to further study with paper cutters and other Folk Artists.
Paper cutting has become a way for her to tell about her experiences, the stories she has heard and reflects her rural Vermont heritage. Carolyn continues to challenge herself by seeing what she can cut using her sheep shears. She has chosen to cut with sheep shearing shears in tribute to her Polish teachers and the Polish Women who only had sheep shears with which to cut Wycinanki. She is a member of The Guild of American Papercutters, Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, Vermont Folk Life Center, and Vermont Craft Council.
One of ten Vermont artists in a traveling exhibit "Ten Artists View of Vermont Agriculture" sponsored by the Vermont Council of the Arts and Vermont Department of Agriculture in 2002
One of the five Vermont artists who made ornaments for the 2002 White House Christmas Tree
1997 Vermont State Craft Centers National Folk Art show at Middlebury, Vermont featuring 25 artists from across the nation
1996 HGTV Carol Duval Show filmed at the Vermont Handcrafters Stowe Show
Email or call me about custom-designed papercuts for your special occasion! I have created many works of art from customer's ideas where various photos and images of people, places and things went into the piece!
I have created custom-cut works of art for:
Business and Corporate Events
All manner of Special Events
I also teach papercutting. Please contact me if you are interested in my cutting at your event!
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