This teacher explores papercutting art ‘Scherenschnitte’
Idukki: KM Manu Mon, a teacher at GLPS Third camp, has explored his skills in a unique papercutting art. It is a kind of German art called ‘Scherenschnitte’ which means scissor cuts.
During his free time, Manu always finds time to create different designs through this art.
Compared to other paper artworks, this art needs more patience and attention. Manu has been creating new designs on paper with this art which is not much popular in Kerala.
Manu is interested in making portraits with this papercutting art.
So far, he has made portraits of Mahatma Gandhi and APJ Abdul Kalam. He also created designs of flowers, animals and company logos with white paper.
“At first, we have to draw the design. Later, we have to move craft knife and scissors with utmost care according to the design,” Manu explained about the art.
“Those who see the paper cut will be confused about the design. But, the design will be clear once it is attached on a surface. Any minor mistake will spoil the work and we have to restart it one by one,” he added.
Manu stated that he took effort for the beautiful works from minutes to weeks.
Social distancing amid COVID outbreak has motivated this school teacher to try this art.
Though he is not trained in painting, he has proven his skills from childhood. As passionate about artworks, he also explored metal engraving.
His family include his wife Vineetha, a teacher at Kallar GLPS and daughter Dakshnia.