In conjunction with CUT: Makings of Removal the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art is offering a free Papel Picado Workshop with LA-based artist Margaret Sosa. Sosa has been working as a paper cutter in the Mexican style known as papel picado for over 25 years. She learned the art form from master paper cutter, Olga Ponce Furginson, serving as her apprentice for many years. Her work has been exhibited galleries and museums throughout the Los Angeles area and internationally. Margaret is a graduate of California State University Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art.
Papel picado is the Mexican folk art of cutting tissue paper into decorative banners that are used to adorn altars or as decorations for festive events. Paper cutting has a long history in Mexico and today, Mexican paper cutters continue the art of papel picado using hammers and special chisels with distinctive points for cutting through many layers of tissue paper and most recently are now using sheets of colorful plastic to create unique detailed works of art.