Papercut Fiesta, a weekend paper cutting intensive, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. Students can register for one workshop or both.

The combination of seasoned educators/artists (both transplants to Belfast from Boston) and their differing approaches make for workshops that are comfortable and engaging for total beginners, as well as those with sharper skills. "The odd couple of papercrafting," both friends are self-described paper fiends.

On Saturday, Bridget Matros will show samples of amazing paper cut traditions from around the world, from colorful Mexican papel picado to farm-themed silhouettes of Eastern Europe, plus contemporary artists' work. Then students will explore a variety of tools and basic techniques through a number of easy projects, creating their own versions of the traditional styles seen earlier.

The aim of the first workshop is to get comfortable with scissors and knives while taking “snowflakes” and valentine hearts to a whole new level. Matros is self-taught and prefers freestyle cutting with an X-acto, but always travels with a pair of kiddie scissors. She is known in gangstacraft circles as Scizzas, and appears in a music video as such.

On Sunday, master cutter Leslie Miller will encourage students to bring their own style, experiences and creativity to favorite and new techniques. She will demonstrate how she creates her intricate designs and give expert advice and guidance on many techniques. She enthusiastically shares her deep knowledge of the craft and her experiences as a working artist for many years.

Miller’s work is in many collections and has been included in various paper cut exhibits, including an invitational show at the Cooper Hewitt Museum of American Folk Art in New York City and the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass.

Workshop fee is $100 for both days and $60 for one day, plus $15 materials fee. Registration for one or both of the workshops is available online at; by calling 338-2222; or by stopping by the office.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or