Wycinanki: Polish Papercutting

Wycinanki: Polish Papercutting

The Polish peasant tradition of Wycinanki, or paper cutting, initially started out as a means to decorate ones home walls. Initially leather and tree bark were used, until later when paper became more widely available. Different styles of Wycinanki are used; from the single colour Kurpie which are often layed over white washed walls to Lowicz, the elaborate multi-layered pieces. Wycinanki often tell stories (Kodry) of village happenings or express themes.

As my interest in wall decorations deepens, I hope to recall Wycinanki in some of my future designs. I’ve never been one for paper cutting in the past but as I further my research I weaken a little bit and would like to impliment into my work, possibly.