I am a self taught paper artist who creates “quilted paper cut” designs by placing folded strips of handmade papers within an original paper cut. I entered the field of design after a twenty-five year career in the neurosciences. The patience and precision for the paper cut technique comes from my experience as a micro-surgeon studying the recovery of peripheral nerve after injury and the applications for spinal cord injury and repair. The art came forward when I took a break from research and realized that after spending 25 years working on research teams in windowless research facilities that I had an insatiable need for self-expression and the vibrancy of color. For me, the scientific method comes into play when I explore the transferring of my designs to various surfaces such as: paper, tile, marble, ceramics or fabric.
In 2005, I founded Paper Confections Design, an eco-friendly company now located in New Marlborough, MA producing original artwork, hand crafted 100% cotton stationery, and surface design. I enjoy partnering with and licensing my designs to companies that source and manufacture their products in the USA. I am currently partnering with Sea Bags of Maine and Lark Fine Foods of Massachusetts. My original designs are printed on recycled sailcloth and Belgian linen pillows, recycled sailcloth totes and sustainably quarried Vermont marble coasters and trivets. All products are proudly designed, printed, sewn and crafted in New England. My original quilted paper cuts have been featured in fine art galleries and my line of stationery and home goods are available online and in retail stores throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe.
In September of 2018 and then again in July of 2021, my husband and I welcomed grandchildren into this world. As the Cajun French in my native Louisiana say during the New Orleans Mardi Gras season, "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (pronounced "Lay-say le bon tom roo-lay"), "Let the good times roll"! I can truly say after exploring the many different aspects of science and art, that the art of grandparenting may be the most enjoyable yet!
Rebecca Cronin Schreiber