It can be cut. It can be mounted. It can be folded - in hundreds of ways. Paper's versatility makes it a good art medium, and it's used by paper cutters all around the world to create designs ranging from animals and hearts to flowers and trees.
Local people have the chance to learn this art form Saturday, when Debbie Baird teaches a Valentine paper-cutting class at the Community Arts Center. The class will use a variety of techniques to create Valentine designs.
Paper-cutting was brought to the United States by Germans, Baird said. It is called scherenschnitte, which means scissor-cuttings. It almost died out, but survived in Pennsylvania. Baird picked it up in Fort Wayne, Ind., "casually and informally," but soon learned that, to some, it's anything but casual.
She participated in a week-long paper-cutting conference in 2002, where she saw people in their 90s cutting paper until 2 to 3 in the morning every day.