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 Susan L. Throckmorton  (1943 - )

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Lived/Active: Vermont / Poland      Known for: folk art papercutting

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Noah's Ark (papercutting)
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
"Susan L. Throckmorton is an American now making her home in Poland.  She received her BA degree in History from Mt. Holyoke College, her MA degree in Education from Michigan State University and her MLS degree in Library Science from State University of New York.  She worked as a children's bookseller, and as the Registrar and Curator of Education at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont, but for most of her life she has been a teacher or librarian, working as the only teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Vermont; as a Peace Corps volunteer in village schools in South India; as a teacher/librarian in international and American Schools in Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Finland and Indonesia.  Wherever she lived and worked, she became interested in the local folk culture.  As a result, she has amassed a fine collection of folk and naive paintings, sculptures, pottery, textiles, ceramics, toys, decorated eggs and papercuttings. Her collections, library, archives and loft studio are all in her converted attic apartment in Warsaw.

"She returned to Poland to teach for the second time in 1988.  Inspired by her interest in Polish wycinanki, or papercuttings, she taught herself to papercut, and in 1999 she retired early from teaching to devote her time and energy to pursuing her collecting and her writing and artistic projects.

"The first public showing of her work in Krakow in 2000 resulted in a review in the Krakow edition of the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza stating that "the work of an American who is in love with Poland would be a big success and enrich the collections of many ethnographic museums".  In addition to their obvious beauty, it was clearly evident that her unique papercuttings were recognizably inspired by traditional Polish folk arts.  Since then she has broadened her style and themes and has held other exhibitions in Poland, Holland and the U.S.
"Susan sells most of her papercuttings privately, and her work is part of the private collections in many parts of the world.  She is a member of the American Guild of Papercutters and writes articles as Polish editor for their quarterly journal First Cut about Polish papercutting.  She hopes that through these articles and through her art of papercutting she can preserve some part of Polish culture, show the culture's beauty and encourage it to flourish."


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