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Traditional Jewish Papercuts
Traditional Jewish papercuts is a popular art form that took its inspiration mostly from the Tanakh and Talmud. But what is exactly its origin? Was it invented by the 13. century Rabbi, whose ink froze during the harsh winter time in Eastern Europe?
Or did it come to Europe all the way from faraway China? The course consists of two parts: theoretical and practical. In the first, theoretical part of this course we will dive deep into the nature and purpose of this art form, we will look at the papercuts and its symbols from historical, cultural, and mystical perspective. The second part will be a practical one, all participants will have the opportunity to get hands on this marvelous forgotten piece of Jewish folklore and create their very own papercuts.
No prior knowledge about the subject is needed. To apply for this course, you need basic computer skills and knowledge of how to use the digital platform Zoom. The school offers Zoom manuals and a training opportunity before the start of the course.
Course material is included in the fee for this course.
About the teachers
Agnieszka Baraszko works as Recruitment Officer at Paideia Institute and Education coordinator at Paideia Folkhögskola. She is Paideia alumna (Lise Meitner fellow 2018/2019) and an active member at Gdansk Jewish Community. She graduated from University of Warsaw, Jewish Open University in Warsaw and Autonomous University of Madrid. She holds MA’s in French and Spanish literature and language and specializes in poetry translation. She has been involved in creation and organization of the ‘Los Encuentros’ project in Gdansk, aiming to bring the Sephardic culture closer to Polish audience. She also creates handmade soutache jewelry: https://www.facebook.com/madredeines
Ivana Koutníková holds degrees in Jewish studies, German studies, and history. She has worked in educational organizations such as Centropa, a Vienna-based historical institute dedicated to preserving 20th century Jewish family stories and photos from Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans), and CET Academic Programs in Prague (as the resident director for Jewish and Central European studies). She has been working with cultural management connected to Jewish culture for more than 8 years. Currently, she works at Paideia as a project manager.