Papercut! A Partnership with the American Swedish Institute
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
March 27 – May 4, 2014

Free and open to the public

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

For more information about the American Swedish Institute, their exhibitions and other coordinated programming, visit ASI’s website.