Megg Sorensen

is creating Wycinanki - Polish folk papercuttings
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About Megg Sorensen

Hi there and thanks for visiting my Patreon page! My name is Megg Sorensen, and I'm the artist behind Sparrow Papercraft. I started learning the Polish folk art of papercutting, called wycinanki (vee-chee-non-key) when I was 11 years old. Now, as an adult, I am back at it and doing what I can to sustain this dying folk tradition. Paper, usually glossy, colored paper, is cut with scissors or shears to create intricate designs with a distinctive folk style. 

Sparrow Papercraft is still a new endeavor, and I've started this Patreon to reach out to more people with my art and to help fund startup and material costs. With your help, I'm hoping to be able to spend more time furthering my creative style and developing the many ideas I've been wanting to pursue. I am hoping to make my work more personal and more political, and would love to tackle a zine or two. Any and all financial assistance is welcome, and I've recently re-structured my Patreon. I now have a sliding scale structure. All tiers receive a gift every month. This could be a card, sticker, small papercutting, bookmark, discount code... something special that is either exclusive for my Patreon supporters or provided to supporters before the general public has access to it. I tried out the hierarchical tier structure but it's not really my style. I want you to be able to give what you can without worrying about not getting as much. 

A little more about me: I am Polish on my mom's side and learned wycinanki from a family friend, Doris Sikorsky, when I was a child. We received two master/apprentice grants in ethnic art from the Illinois Arts Council so that she could teach me. As an adult I worked as a grocery store sign artist for many years and mostly made illustration-type artwork. Recently I have returned to papercutting, and it has been a renaissance in my life. It is a connection to both my ancestry and culture and to my personal history.

After years of full-time travel I have been drawn to South Louisiana. As wycinanki artists in Poland traditionally drew inspiration from their daily rural lives, I am inspired by the beauty of Louisiana that I see in my life today. All of my work is made in a traditional manner, and I try to stay true to traditional style as much as possible. Some of my subject matter of my work is traditional as well, but I also explore Louisiana themes as well as more personal works. 

There are two major styles of wycinanki that I learned. One is from the Kurpie region, which typically involves a design cut from a single sheet of paper. The other is the Łowicz region, which features layer upon layer of bright colors. This use of layered color is also unique in the world of traditional papercutting. I cut in both of these styles in my work, and lately I'm especially inspired by pre-war styles. 

Wycinanki is considered a dying art. Even in Poland it is not done by many people anymore, and most of those artists are older. I am humbled and honored to carry on this beautiful, rich tradition. I'm very excited to see what I can do with your help, and to share the results with you! Thank you so much for your support!

www.sparrowpapercraft.com
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$32 of $100 per month
When I reach $100 a month, I'll start working on my first zine, illustrated with papercuttings, and all Patreons will get sneak peeks and higher tiers will get freebies!
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