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Cutting Text and Making Stories

  • Writers Ink Studio at Liberty Station 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16 San Diego, CA, 92106 United States (map)

Instructor: Bhavna Mehta
Length of workshop: 2 days
Skill Level: All levels.

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Other prerequisites:  Some paper cutting

Your handwriting is your personal mark and we will transform this mark into cut paper using text as a vehicle to build upon. Students will explore writing, cutting, and folding text using paper and knife. Combining image and text to make stories might result in a small book. We will do exercises using cursive, print, capital and lower-case text.

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Workshop held in partnership with San Diego Writers Ink

Bhavna Mehta works with paper – cutting and embroidering it to tell stories that combine figurative imagery with botanical motifs, text and shadows. Using paper as skin and thread to connect and mend, using cutting and sewing to talk about exposing and hiding, she makes work about relating and remembering.Mehta has exhibited widely in San Diego and Southern California. She is the recipient of the Artists Activating Communities grant from the California Arts Council (2017, 2018) in partnership with Art Produce and the Creative Catalyst grant from The San Diego Foundation (2015) with Oceanside Museum of Art. She has won multiple awards in juried shows and she was one of the San Diego Art Prize emerging artist winners. She collaborates with artists making public art, using paper as a design medium. She has engineering degrees from both India and US and worked as a software engineer for many years before turning to art.

Mehta teaches paper cutting and sculpture at Penland School of Craft, San Diego Book Arts and in varied venues around San Diego County and beyond. Learn more about her and see more examples of her work at

Earlier Event: December 3
December Card Making - Goocher
Later Event: January 14
Paper Marbling