Although we do not have to know how illustrations are created to enjoy them, such knowledge can greatly enhance our appreciation. Most readers find it fascinating to examine how an artist uses a specific approach to work in order to obtain a final result that pleases. Paper cutting is an ancient and widely spread technique and shadow puppets have been with us for a very long time as well. This page also provide an extensive bibliography on these art forms. The page also includes examples of paper cutting from China and an illustration from the book Shadow-Play. David Wisniewski, who uses both art forms, discusses his techniques of paper cutting in the following excerpts from Author Notes in three of his books.
BIBLIOGRAPHY ON SHADOW PUPPETRY AND PAPER CUTTING
Blackburn, Stuart H. Inside the Drama-House: Rama Stories and Shadow Puppets in South India. Berkerley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.
Borja, Robert and Corinne Borja. Making Chinese Papercuts. Chicago, IL: A. Whitman, 1980.
Cochrane, Louise. Shadow Puppets in Color. Illustrated by Kate Simunek. Boston, MA: Plays, Inc., 1973.
Fleischman, Paul. Shadow Play: Story. Illus. by Eric Beddows. New York: HarperCollins, 1990.
is taken from: Fleischman, Paul. Shadow Play: Story. Illus.
by Eric Beddows. New York: HarperCollins, 1990
This is a story within a story, using a re-telling in shadow puppetry of Beauty and the Beast.
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Forman, Bedrich, illustrator. Chinese Paper Cut-Outs. London: Spring Books, 1960.
Grol, Lini R. Scissorscraft. New York: Sterling Pub. Co. .
Hawcock, David. Art from paper. New York: Crescent Books, 1987.
Hawkesworth, Eric. Paper Cutting : Making All Kinds of Paper Shapes and Figures. New York : S. G. Phillips, .
Keeler, Ward. Javanese Shadow Plays, Javanese Selves. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987.
Keeler, Ward. Javanese shadow puppets. Singapore ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Kuo, Nancy, Chinese Paper-cut Pictures, Old and Modern. Illus. by Guy Davis. New York: Taplinger Pub. Co. .
McGill, Ormond. Paper Magic : Creating Fantasies and Performing Tricks with Paper. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 1992.
Rich, Chris. The Book of Papercutting : A Complete Guide to All the Techniques with More than 100 Project Ideas. New York : Sterling Pub. Co., 1993.
Robson, Denny and Vanessa Bailey. Shadow Theater. New York: Franklin Watts, 1990.
Sierra, Judy. Fantastic Theater Puppets and Puppetry. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1991.
Temko, Florence and Steve Madison. Paper Cutting. Garden City, NY: Doubleday .
Warren, Jean. Scissor Stories for Winter. Everett, WA: Totline Press, 1984.
Warren, Jean. Scissor Stories for Fall. Everett, WA: Totline Press, 1984.
Warren, Jean. Scissor Stories for Spring. Everett, WA : Totline Press,1984.
Wisniewski, David and Donna Wisniewski. Worlds of Shadow: Teaching with Shadow Puppetry. Englewood, CO: Teachers Idea Press, 1997.
Zimmermann, Erika. Shadow Puppets for Children. [Wir spielen Schattentheater] Translated by Donald Maclean. Edinburgh [Lothian] : Floris Books, 1983.
Zurbuhen, Mary S. The Language of Balinese Shadow Theater. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987.