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Papercutter blends Polish folk art with Cajun culture: Acadiana Makers

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Papercutter blends Polish folk art with Cajun culture: Acadiana Makers
Papercutter blends Polish folk art with Cajun culture: Acadiana Makers

Sam Wróbel has gone from a kid in Chicago slicing paper to an adult in southwest Louisiana cutting paper — skillfully.

Wróbel, whose previous identify is Polish for sparrow, studied artwork in college and labored for years as a signal artist, earning mostly illustration-form artwork for Trader Joe’s.

Several years of total-time vacation brought them to Acadiana and its mother nature, songs and place Mardi Gras traditions. That was all it took.

“I arrived below and fell in adore with the lifestyle,” they stated.

Wróbel moved to Lafayette in 2017 and started Sparrow Papercraft a year afterwards. The business concentrated at first on portray and illustrating but above time returned to their artistic and Polish roots — papercutting.

Wycinanki is the Polish folks art of papercutting, which Wróbel realized as a boy or girl from a great household good friend named Doris Sikorsky. She was a qualified papercutter and passed that custom on to minor Sam by two grasp/apprentice grants in ethnic art from the Illinois Arts Council.

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