Sycamore Q + A: Cindy Ferguson of Scherenschnitte

Cindy Ferguson of Scherenschnitte is one of those people that I’ve admired from afar for quite a while. The thing is — she’s friends with a lot of the same people that I am. So why aren’t we friends? Busy lives and living just far away from each other to make it inconvenient, I suspect. (The truth is, Kirk and I don’t see much anyone these days except for those who stop by our craft fair booths…we’re kind of workaholics!)
So, at least I can have a little virtual conversation with Cindy through this interview. As you can see, she has incredible drawing, paper cutting, and design skills. I recently got a gorgeous wedding invitation in the mail that she designed for a mutual friend. I’m dying to show you! But it’s not my place, so you’ll just have to wait… I’m also in love with her new state paper cut series… and did you know that she puts free paper cutting templates on her blog?
1) How did you become an artist?
When I was a little girl, I loved princesses. Most little girls do. I loved to draw princesses, read about them, look at pictures of them in books, pretend that I would someday live in a castle (I still have that dream). I would also draw horses. Horses and princesses. My parents indulged my creativity and bought those little “How to Draw…” books by Lee Ames. I would spend countless hours trying to draw each image. Eventually my love of drawing princesses grew to a general love of drawing people. Always having a sketchbook with me so I can jot down ideas or little sketches is invaluable as is a ton of practice. It’s definitely something you need to work at.
2) What’s been inspiring you lately?
Lately I’ve been getting my inspiration from travel. Over the past two weeks, I’ve been to Los Angeles two times. Once with more artsy people and once with a less-than-artsy person. With the artsy people, I went to a few galleries. I saw a lot of amazing art and saw ways of doing things that I would never have even dreamed of. My favorite was a paper show at the George Billis Gallery where I saw a few pieces by Brian Borlaug. From far away, his drawings looked like they had regular shading, but when you got up close, they were teeny tiny details that were evidence of creative ocd. I would love to try something more like that. We also went to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Holy cow, that place is fun. My favorite section was on various old wives tales called “Tell the Bees”. I would love to create silhouettes of superstitious lifestyles. With the less-than-artsy person, I went to Disneyland. I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was in 5th grade. That place is amazing! It is so flushed out in detail. My favorite was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The audio-animatronics were completed in the late 60s and they still look fluid and new today. Just to know that something as immense as Disneyland can be created from one man’s dream is inspiring. There is so much inspiration all around, even when not traveling. A lot of times I get my inspiration while taking a walk with my dog.
 3) Tell us about a recent project.
I just completed a showing of paper cut work at the Blonde Grizzly gallery in Salt Lake City, UT. It was a depiction of each of the 50 states with their state flower and bird. It was super fun to research all the flowers and birds. If I ever do something as enormous as 50 pieces for an art show again, though, I would like for someone to stop me.  Boy, does that ever take some time. In October, I am going to Olde Princess Anne Days in Princess Anne, Maryland. I will get to sit in a booth and represent someone from 1812 who would do silhouette art at the time. I think they want me to actually cut silhouettes of people, which is something I don’t do, so I’d better start practicing!
4) Is there anything else we should know about you?
Let’s see, I love cheeseburgers and cheese, Mexican Coke and my dog Starla. I recently have become obsessed with the Hunger Games series and am starting Mockingjay this week. I love to thrift shop and might be quickly turning into a hoarder. If I ever do have a garage sale it’s never any good because I can’t bear to part with my stuff. I’m snobby about spelling and love to play Scrabble. That about does it. Oh, and I love watching movies more than hiking.
Thanks Cindy!Her BLOG ///// SHOP ///// FACEBOOK ///// WEBSITE /////


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  1. whit says:

    oh, I hope she decides to do some Hunger Game paper cuts!

  2. Eva / Sycamore Street Press says:

    I guess I need to read these Hunger Games books so I can understand what all the hype is about!

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