Meet the Artist - Shari Escott
Paper Cutz artist, Shari Escott, grew up in Staten Island and now calls Chagrin Falls, Ohio, her home. It has always been her dream to create. "I love the hunt for the material, making a collage come to life and tell a story." Sharing her art at local art fairs is also one of her favorite things. "Watching a customer read through an old newspaper or postcard in a piece is really fun to watch. So many memories come out and it's a gratifying moment."
Paper Cutz was founded in 2013 after Shari turned to art to help her through a challenging time in her life. This “Art Therapy: brought her a new sense of peace and tranquility. She realized quickly that she wanted to take a chance and share her art with a larger audience. Paper Cutz has given her an appreciation for the power of creative expression and its healing power, as well as the pleasure one gets from meeting so many wonderful people.
Not just anyone could take crafting and turn it into a business. Shari dreamed of being an artist as a young girl, but discouragement and life stood in her way. This therapeutic, creative exploration extracted the dormant artist within her and created opportunities unavailable following high school. Now she creates beautiful collage art out of vintage paper—scouring antique and vintage shops for exactly the right pieces to craft the whole. Every design is unique, and the materials themselves are related to the subjects of the artwork. Whether it’s a bowl full of old matchbooks, a 50-year-old hat box or rolls full of vintage wall paper, Shari will find a place for it. She hand-cuts each piece and glues it into place to produce a visual story full of history and imagination.