Joli Miller1

Joli has lived in Abbottstown, PA and surrounding towns all her life.  She is married and after raising three children she ventured into the workforce.

She volunteered for the Girl Scouts for many years and is currently involved in Youth Ministry.  She was first exposed to Scherenschnitte at a Girl Scout crafting event almost 20 years ago.  She entered a picture in the Adams County, South Mountain Fair and won Best of Show!

Joli is a member of the Guild of American Papercutters, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, York Town Craft Guild, and Hanover Area Arts Guild.  She has exhibited in the past Artisan Marketplace of York County, and at City Arts in York, PA.  She also has a few pictures at The Frame Shop and Gallery in Hanover, PA.

"I have always enjoyed crafts of many different mediums.  In Girl Scouts I was always known as the craft lady.  I thoroughly love the intricate and detailed art of Scherenschnitte.  I find potential designs all around me.  It could be a pattern on the floor, a mural on the wall, a tree with no leaves, shadows, silhouettes, stain glass windows and the list goes on.  Scherenschnitte is not an expensive craft but a time consuming one.  It does not take very many tools or supplies; you need paper, of course (acid free), a pencil, some glue, very tiny scissors or a craft knife.  A matte and a frame will make a nice finished piece of art.  This is a very old craft.  It was brought over by Swiss-German immigrants in the late eighteenth century.  The tiny cuts to form a delicate design are intensive and repetitive for most people, however I lose myself in my creation until it is finished and I feel a great sense of accomplishment."

You can reach Joli via email:  [email protected]

or by phone:  717.870.9973