Lois Cordelia and Erika Bülow-Osborne demonstrated the paper-cut technique with scissors and scalpel at Holywells Park (Old Stable Block), Ipswich, on 14th August 2013, as part of a Heritage Day.
Above: Erika uses tiny Scherenschnitt scissors in the traditional German custom, while Lois prefers a surgical scalpel and therefore works on a rubber cutting mat. Together they demonstrate the local Ipswich historical link with the exquisite cut-paper creations of Elizabeth Cobbold, who was cutting Valentine's designs out of paper with scissors when she lived in Ipswich two hundred years earlier. Elizabeth Cobbold's paper-cuts were distributed among eligible young members of the Cobbold family at the annual Valentine's Day ball and were inscribed with poems of her own composition.
The silhouette paper-cut and Scherenschnitt demonstration evoked in particular the exquisite contributions to this genre by Elizabeth Cobbold (nee Knipe, 1764-1824). On display were two volumes of Elizabeth Cobbold's scissor-cut paper Valentines, created 200 years ago.
The cut-paper demo formed part of a Heritage Day of events, guided tours, stalls and activities at Holywells Park, Ipswich. Holywells Park has recently secured a lottery funding bid, which will allow the refurbishment and renovation of the Old Stables block, the Orangery, and so on in the coming few years.
Lois is experienced in presenting talks, live demonstrations of techniques, and workshops for art clubs and groups (adults and children). Please use the contact form to enquire regarding her availability for such events.
For more general information about the longer-term exhibition, please visit the Cobbold Family History website: http://www.cobboldfht.com