Papercutting At Hostfest | VideoJenny Castro | 9/29/2012
For Marzullo, papercutting caught his attention at seven when he had his shadow cut at Disneyland, and now 45 years later, it`s his specialty.
"Papercutting has been around for so long, everybody has seen silhouettes, everybody has cut a snowflake, but probably not to this, this is snowflakes on steroids.”
Using a fine pair of surgical scissors from Switzerland, Marzullo is able to cut these detailed portraits. And the images aren`t traced either, he does that as he goes.
"Everything`s different, everything`s new, even though there might be similar things that I have, everything`s different so it`s always fresh when I`m doing it.”
Depending on the project it takes Marzullo anywhere from thirty minutes to 600 hours to finish a piece. Here at the Hostfest, most are afraid to disturb him, but he says he prefers to chat a little while he works.
"Most people stand there and they`re like I don`t want to say anything, he might cut himself or cut something off, no please talk because I enjoy talking and giving you the history of papercutting and different tips.”
There were never any classes in papercutting for Marzullo, it was all self-taught, practice, practice, practice, he says. All you need is a pair or scissors and a piece of paper.
Marzullo lives in California where he has done Scandinavian festivals on the west coast, but he says the Hostfest is the biggest festival he`s been in.