A celebration of papercraft in partnership with the American Swedish Institute

Photos courtesy Karen Bit Vejle and American Swedish Institute

The expressive artistry of papercraft is a cornerstone of the book arts. This spring, MCBA is pleased to join with the American Swedish Institute (ASI) in celebrating the long-standing Nordic tradition of papercutting (or “psaligraphy”) through Papercut! — a series of programs centering around an extraordinary exhibition of work by Danish-Norwegian paper artist Karen Bit Vejle (pictured at left). The series also includes interactive hands-on family programs, a residency with Minneapolis paper artist Sonja Peterson, panel discussions, a world premiere performance by Open Eye Figure Theatre, and several paper-themed workshops offered by MCBA artist instructors.

Exhibitions at ASI:

Papercut! The Incredible Psaligraphy of Karen Bit Vejle
Osher Gallery and Ballroom Gallery
January 25 – May 25, 2014

Minnesota Artist-In-Residence Sonja Peterson
Turnblad Mansion Gallery
February 1 – April 26, 2014

MCBA Workshops at ASI:

A Portfolio of Pop-ups
Saturday, January 25; 1–5pm

Papercutting in Full Color
Saturday, March 8; 1–5pm

Coordinated Workshops at MCBA:

Font and Letterforms Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, January 25–26; 10am-5pm

Introduction to Western Papermaking
Four Wednesdays: February 5, 12, 19 & 26; 6–9pm

Intermediate Papermaking: Imagery In, On and Of Paper
Three Saturdays: March 15, 22 & 29; 10am–5pm

Japanese Papermaking and Decoration
Five Thursdays: March 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24; 6-9pm

Coptic Binding with Chip Carved Wooden Covers
Saturday & Sunday, April 12–13; 9am-5pm

Pulp Painting Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, May 3–4, 10am-5pm

Registration for any of the coordinated workshops includes free admission to ASI and the Papercut! exhibition.

For complete workshop descriptions and to register, visit our Adult Workshops page.
For more information about the American Swedish Institute, their exhibitions and other coordinated programming, visit ASI’s website.