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This cut paper artist creates mesmerizing time lapses

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Rochel Schiffrin is addicted to paper cutting . She's a full-time cut paper artist and spends hours each day in her Boynton Beach, Florida studio creating beautiful, delicate art with only an x-acto knife and piece of paper.

Schiffrin studied other forms of art in school such as painting and sculpture but found that paper cutting was more of an authentic art for her. The detail, care and intricacy was what really resonated with her personality.

"I'm able to sit for hours and hours and cut little tiny shapes with my x-acto knife. It's really meditative and cathartic for me. I'm able to express myself by just putting these shapes together almost like a jigsaw puzzle."
Rochel Schiffrin

"Paper cutting has a vast history throughout many cultures including Mexican - where they called it 'papel picado', or the Amish who call it 'scherenschnitte' and also the Japanese, who call it 'kirigami'. It used to be more of a folk art or a home craft whereas now it's turning more into a fine art where museums and galleries are really embracing the art" Schiffrin said.

Schiffrin currently has a solo art exhibit on display (until November 17th) at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie, Florida.

Since paper cutting is a long, slow process that takes her hours, she realized along the way that time lapses are the perfect way to show people her whole process. The videos have been a huge hit with viewers on social media and now she's filming and posting most, if not all of her newest projects.

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Schiffrin works in various themes such as Judaica, mandalas, nature, animals, etc. All things that are really near and dear to her heart. As an Orthodox Jew, she says creating Jewish themed art is a way that she can connect with others through her culture and heritage.

The actual process is something she's fine tuned for the last six years. She first draws out her design on the back of her paper. This way when it's all done she can turn it over and you won't see the pencil marks. This makes for cleaner cut lines in the end.

It might sound easy but in actuality it's not quite that simple. Paper cutting requires a lot of focus and insight into the end result. You have to work with the negative and positive space.

This isn't the type of art that you can hit an "undo" button on. If you cut out the wrong part you can't put it back or start over.

"I really love the fact that there's no going back. You just have to go with the design and if something happens that's just the way it's going to be and you have to work with it. That's the cathartic part to me."
Rochel Schiffrin

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Once the cutting part is done she peels the rest of the paper away and is left with a lace-like design. The design is then mounted and framed. Schiffrin sells the art on her website and on her etsy page.

Schiffrin also makes custom pieces that can include custom lettering like names (in English or Hebrew). She told us she frequently makes custom wedding designs for clients.

Her work can also be found in a few stores in New York, Massachusetts and throughout South Florida.

"I'm very grateful that I'm able to show my art work in so many different places and get it out to people who love it."
Rochel Schiffrin

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