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Marie-Helene Grabman


Marie-Helene Grabman was introduced to “scherenschnitte" at an early age by her German grandmother and has become one of the world’s most distinguished artists whose work is in the permanent collection of the White House.  Her work has been exhibited in the museums around the world including the Museum of Paper Cutters in China, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greenburg, the Hershey Museum and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.  Marie-Helen received the designation of "Master Papercutter" by the East-West Artist Association of NYC.   Early American Life magazine listed her in their "Best of American Craftsmen" publication yearly and received their first-ever Heritage Artisan award.

Scherenschitte or scissorcutting is a very old form of art that developed in Switzerland and Germany in the 1500's.  Papercutting requires artful precision and complete concentration to master since many of the cut lines are no thicker than the width of a thread.  Marie-Helen is thrilled by the opportunity to translate her works of art, inspired by colonial American lifestyles as well as nature and woodland scenes into fabric for quilters.

Marie Helene is the President, exhibiting and teaching member of the Guild of American Papercutters, exhibiting member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the Piedmont Craftsmen in North Carolina, and the German Papercutting Guild.  She is the Vice-General Secretary of the International Chinese Paper Cut Association.  Mother of four, Marie-Helene still finds the time to exhibit in 12-15 fine art/fine craft shows a year.   



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