The Portland Society Of Calligraphy Presents:

Papercut Letters

A workshop with Amy Bennett

Saturday. December 7, 2019

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: PCC Sylvania Campus

Level of Workshop: All levels

Tuition: $70 (members) and $100 non-members

Registration: Opens November 1, 2019 (Do not post registrations before this date)

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Almost any style of calligraphy and lettering can be papercut to give your work depth and dimension. In this workshop, you will learn to see words as more than just letters, but as beautiful counter spaces and shapes.

You will start with an overview of materials and the cutting techniques that Amy has found helpful. Using provided templates, students will cut a decorative initial as well as a single word. In the afternoon, there will be more hands-on time as you experiment with different ways your newly cut designs can be enhanced. If time allows, Amy will discuss the different styles of lettering that can be papercut, and you will dive into creating your own papercut design.

A native Portlander, Amy began her formal art training at Portland State University majoring in both Graphic Design and Art History in the 90s. After college, she pursued a career in Graphic Design as well as Marketing & Advertising, but increasingly found herself craving a creative and tactile outlet. Leaving the corporate world behind, Amy has been studying calligraphy full-time for the past four years with both local and international instructors.

During a studio purge, she found her first papercut that she made when she was 14. Picking the X-acto knife back up, Amy remembered how much she loved the feel of the blade cutting through paper, and the resulting texture of layered paper. Her first calligraphic cut paper piece was for the Oregon State Fair in 2015, and she’s always looking for new and challenging ways to incorporate lettering with cut paper.

Amy’s work has been included in exhibits at the Oregon State Fair, the Collins Gallery in the Multnomah County Library, as well as Oregon Society for Artists. She is a member of Portland Society for Calligraphy and the Guild of American Papercutters.

When Amy is not in the studio, she enjoys cooking with her husband Ian, dancing to old music, and the feeling of sand between her toes.


Want to know more about a workshop or have one to suggest?

Contact us at:
Ingrid Slezak, Workshop Chairperson

PSC Workshops
1934 NE Hancock Street
Portland, OR 97212