Bianca Levan

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SF OPEN STUDIOS
WEEKEND 3: MISSION
OCT 26-27, CENTRAL + EAST
Art Explosion - Alabama Street Studios
744 Alabama Street Room #270
San Francisco, CA 94110
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How exactly did I start papercutting? For me, finding papercutting was serendipitous. While wandering through Green Apple Books one afternoon in 2011, I looked at a random shelf, and saw Paper Cutting Book: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft. I picked up the soft-cover book and was instantly enthralled.

A few months later, in early 2012, I was at my studio and decided to give this papercutting thing a playful try. So I grabbed a boxcutter and a paper bag and did just that. That was the moment that my obsession with papercutting took root.

I struggled with other art mediums, they never fit quite right. But here was papercutting, the first I came across where what I imagined was close to the finished product. Here, my ideas felt at home. That was powerful for me and it is probably the main reason why I still make papercuts. Through these papercuts, I find a voice to share the moments, thoughts, and emotions that I cannot otherwise articulate. And it is this type of honesty and candor that I hope to keep finding as my journey in papercutting continues.