The art of papercutting is as old as paper itself. Some of the oldest examples of papercut art are Chinese, from the 4th century. As paper made its way from Asia into the Middle East and then to Europe, so did papercut art. The art of Jewish papercutting has been a popular folk art for many centuries, expressing Jewish hopes, values, and religious longings. Here's a brief look at Jewish papercut art and papercutting around the world.
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Kim Phillips is a Judaica artist in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here for bio. If you'd like her to lead a papercut art workshop at your synagogue, religious school, Jewish day school or Jewish community center, click here for more information and here to contact her. Artist-in-residence programs available.