Catherine Winkler Rayroud

Artist Statement and Bio

Catherine's parents live in the small village of Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland located in the Pays-d'Enhaut, which is famous for its long paper-cutting tradition. In 1981, out of curiosity for this art, Catherine made her first paper-cutting with a pair of small  curved nail scissors and a piece of black paper. Almost 40 years later, the same kind of scissors are used to make the most intricate and highly detailed paper- cuttings out of a single sheet of black paper.

During all those years, Catherine has solidified an inner drive to perfect each of her pieces and she constantly strives to overcome the technical challenges presented to her. Yet, perfection does not mean lack of the freedom in her art. Catherine meticulously creates each piece to have perfect balance and proportions, but equalizes this strict view of quality with that of bursting creativity and a searching soul that lives to express the endless inspirations of our world. As she says “paper-cuttings make you look at life and nature in a more respectful manner. Sometimes I will work up to six months on a paper-cutting and despite the time consuming aspect of my work I find that so much can be said with a pair of scissors and a piece of paper. Each piece also gives me time to reflect on my life and what happens around me and adding a touch of humor in my work seems to be a good way to make people think and maybe laugh”.

Catherine has a Baccalaureate from the College of Gambach in Fribourg, Switzerland and a Ceramic Degree from the School for Applied Arts in Bern, Switzerland. Beside paper-cutting, she worked as a ceramicist for 26 years and painted for many years too. Today, however, she works as a full time paper-cutter and her work can be found in many private collections around the world. She has won many prizes and awards and her work was published  in many books, magazines and newspapers in America and Europe.

Catherine is a member of :

The Guild of American Papercutters:
The Swiss Papercutting Association:

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