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Paper Cutting by Jupi Das

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This was another busy season for Jupi Das of Harrisburg, PA, who specializes in the craft of paper cutting or Scherenrchnitte. This year, she attended several shows in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Lancaster in Pennsylvania, Buffalo in New York and Bloomsberg in New Jersey. She likes the appreciation that she receives from the art lovers in these shows and has also been successful in selling some expensive pieces of her artwork. Some of her best art sells for over $1,500.

With superlative accuracy, she moves her blade through paper to create intricate shapes and designs. From a distance her work looks like skillfully drawn pen and ink designs. However, upon close inspection, the viewer realizes that the artwork is not of pen and ink, but is an exquisitely implemented paper cutting. "I translate my feelings into each piece that I cut, preferring simple form and bright colors to express the stories and experiences of my life. I create so that the energy and enthusiasm that I put into each piece will bring as much joy to people as the process of creating them brings joy to my life," says Jupi on her website, www.jupisart.com.

Jupi has earned accolades for her excellent work including an invitation to the White House at the end of 2002. She was one of the two artists from Pennsylvania whose ornaments adorned the Christmas tree at the White House last year. She has an art gallery in her basement.

Jupi is originally from Guwahati and lives in Harrisburg with her husband Jyotish and two children. Her parents are visiting her this summer.

(Contributed by Jukti Kalita, NJ)