Home is where your heart is

This is an original design by Folkway and is about any home filled with love&keepsakes. It is available already cut with an antique frame. It can be personalized with name of family or of property, dates, mottos or whatever you fancy. If you like to cut yourself, template is available via email in pdf format, for personal or commercial use.

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Original Framed Paper Cut with backing color of your choice and vintage wood frame: € 60 plus shipping

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Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, the quintessential Swiss Papercutter

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Farm Life, 1857, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Farm Life, 1857, 28,5×39, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

This is the sad story of Johann-Jakob Hauswirth. He was a true artist a visual poet of nation’s folklore, but he didn’t know it. He was born in Bernese Saanen in July 1809 from Benedikt and Margrit Luzia Jaggi. He spent his life in Pays-d’Enhault around Château-d’Œx.

The town of Saanen, birthplace of Johann-Jakob Hauswirth

The town of Saanen, birthplace of Johann-Jakob Hauswirth

He worked as lumberjack and coal burner and was hired by farmers in the area. In the evening, when he was in the farmer’s chalets, he took out paper and scissors and made his cutouts, then he gave them as gift to his guests.

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Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Alplift, 31,5×42 cm, 1862, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

This paper lace were conserved as bookmarks in the family’s Bible or in Psalm’s Book and so Hauswirth was given the nickname of Grand des Marques or Le Vieux des Marques.

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Walk, 1853, 10x15, sold at

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Walk, 1853, 10×15, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

 He was also known as Trébocons, which means three pieces, as he was tall and big, and had to lean continuously, keeping his head down, as he entered in the wood chalets with low doorways and ceilings. There are not many informations on Hauswirth’s whereabouts, but he probably spent his early years in Simmenthal.

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Bouquet di fiori con uccelli e cuori, 18x23, sold at

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Flowers with heart and birds, 18×23, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

In his first 40 years he didn’t cut and he never married. He was probably a self taught artist. The only trace in the records of the commune of Château-d’Oex was a refusal, in 1847, for a resident’s permit.

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Papercut

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Papercut

He began cutting with folding black or white paper and later, from 1847, he adopted colored paper. The subjects are scene of the rural life he saw and observed, adorned with colorful large bouquets. He moved from farm to farm with his big cart offering his service and he donated his paper cut to the people who were offering him food. He was used to cut them in his house in the long winter evening with his big hands and his thick fingers; he added additional wire rings to his scissors in order to better guide the instrument.

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Bouquet di fiori, 19,5x24,5, sold at

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Flowers with goats and roosters, 19,5×24,5, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

Hauswirth’s was not conscious of his importance and his talent and lived his last third of his life in solitude and in extreme poverty, in a self-made hut on the road to l’Etivaz, at the entrance to the wild Pissot Gorge. He died there alone on March 29th 1871.

Etivaz Road

Etivaz Road. Hauswirth lived in a secluded hut near the Pissot Gorge

He never sought realism in his works, as he created and ideal world of harmony and symmetry, with small peasants working idillically in nature, cheerful couples and horsemen. For the larger compositions of country life subjects as baptism, folk festivals, alpine hunts he wanted a more gay effect, so he searched for discarded color paper in the villages.

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth,  Papercut

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Papercut

His alpine papercuts often shows this pattern: there is a farm on the bottom and a trail winds up to the alpine hut, usually equipped with utensils for cheese making. He used to cut single pieces and compose it in a collage. The closed garden gate, which can be found in many cuts, could represent a symbol of his loneliness. He was awesome cutting at trees and he created many stylized variant designs. Most of the papercuts were signed and decorated with the Bernese armed bear and shield.

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth,  Papercut

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Papercut

His art remained ignored more than forty years after his death and it came to light when painter Theodore Delachaux became curator at Museum of Ethnography in Neuchatel. He accompanied his brother, a doctor, on his visits and he discovered this amazing papercut framed in the farmhouse kitchens and immediately recognized their unique artistic value.

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth,  Farm Life with Alpine Lift, 26x37, sold at

Johann-Jakob Hauswirth, Farm Life with Alpine Lift, 26×37, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

There was the danger that these works of art could be lost, as the Château-d’Oex region was an important tourist resort. Thanks to the prompt actions of the members of the Musée du Vieux Pays-d’Enhaut, this wonderful heritage was saved and now more than thirty original Hauswirth’s creations are in the Museum’s collection.

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Bibliography: Christian Rubi, Scherenschnitte aus hundert Jahern. Johann Jakob Hauswirth, Louis Saugy und Christian Schwizgebel. Ein Beitrag zur schweizerischen Volkskunstforschung, Bern, Stuttgart, 1959, Hans Huber; Charles Apothéloz, Christophe Bernoulli, René Creux, Meisterwerke des Scherenschnitts J.J. Hauswirth, L. Saugy, Zürich, 1978, Buchclub Ex Libris; Charles Apothéloz, ed. by Laura Casalis, transl. from the French by Michael Langley, Paper cuts by Johann-Jakob Hauswirth and Louis-David Saugy, London, 1980, Thames and Hudson; Guy Filippa et al., Blick in eine Idylle Schweizer Volkskunst und naive Malerei aus vier Jahrhunderten, Bern, 1983, Benteli; Alfred Schneider, Vom Baum zum Lebensbaum Bild und Sinnbild im Scherenschnitt (De l’arbre à l’arbre de vie : présence et symbole dans le découpage), Flendruz, 1996 Editions Centre du Découpage Claude Allegri; La nature au bout des ciseaux hommage aux découpeurs du Pays-d’Enhautun film de Géraldine Henchoz et Jean-Frédéric Henchoz, 2007; Enigma Helvetia. Arti, riti e miti della Svizzera moderna, catalogo della mostra, Museo cantonale d’arte, Lugano; Museo d’Arte della Città di Lugano, 27.4.–17.8.2008; Felicitas Oehler, Querschnitt Schweizer Scherenschnitte aus fünf Jahrhunderten, Bern, 2013, Haupt.

 

Paper and poetry of the Swiss Alps The work of Louis-David Saugy

204 SAUGY, LOUIS DAVID Gérignoz 1871 - 1953 Rougemont Alp lift. Scissors cut and collage, A.d. Underlay i.d. Middle sig. 35.5x45.5 cm (LM) Louis David Saugy came from simple rural backgrounds and initially worked as a carpenter with his uncle. At the age of thirty-two he became a postman, and began to depict the characteristic features of the peasants whom he met daily. After his early retirement in 1928, he was able to devote himself entirely to cutting the scissors, and soon became known beyond the borders of the Pays d'Enhaut. His clients included numerous famous personalities as well as the Spanish royal family. Estimation CHF 20'000 EUR 19'230 USD 21'505 Surcharge CHF 60'000

Louis-David Saugy, Alplift, scissor cut and collage, 35.5X45, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

Louis David Saugy was born in Gérignoz, a tiny hamlet at 1660 m, near Château-d’Œx, in the Canton of Vaud on the October 8th 1871. Until 1555 this Pays-d’Enhault region belonged to the Counts of Gruyère and by 1803 it was ruled by Bern.

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The village of Gérignoz, birth place of Louis-David Saugy

With a magnificent scenery, the landscape is well kept and the villages are full of original wooden chalets, carefully scuplted or engraved. Saugy was born in the same year when Johann Jakob Hauswirth, the Swiss paper cut master, died. He was the son of Jules, a farmer and raiser, and of Marie Sophie Lenoir Pegay, teacher. Louis had an early apprenticeship: his father was used to cut big silhouette while his mother was gifted for drawing.

Louis-David Saugy, Sesons,

Louis-David Saugy, Seasons, 27,5×37,5 cm, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

Louis worked as carpenter, learning from his uncle Alois, and worked as farmer since 1891. Later, at 32, he became a postman in Rougemont and he was welcomed in all the houses, where he was allowed to see Hauswirth’s paper cuts.

A street of Rougemont. Saugy was a postman in this Swiss towm

A street of Rougemont in 1907. Saugy was a postman in this Swiss town

He began to cut in his leisure time, drawing on black paper and then cut his own design. As his predecessor Hauswirth did, Saugy choose to represent in his paper cut what he saw everyday, while traveling into his country to trade as a factor: the slow climbing towards the alpine pasture with herd and rural scenes filled with the rituals and the rhythms of the seasons.

Louis-David Saugy. Farm Life,

Louis-David Saugy, Farm Life, scissor cut and collage, 31X39, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

He added ornaments as heart and flowers. He preferred monochromatic black paper cut with scissor, but also large multi color compositions. His paper cuts are filled with details and characters, as a shepherds cooking food in a cauldron in the interior of a hut, or a gamekeeper batting a poacher.

Louis-David Saugy Papercut Folkway

Louis-David Saugy, Alplift, scissor cut and collage, 35.5X45, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

He was extremely demanding in his paper cut efforts, so he sold his first artwork at 40, when he was confident enough in his work.

Louis-David Saugy, Bauerngluck, 26x42

Louis-David Saugy, Bauernglück, 26×42, sold at Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

Saugy sold his paper cut in all the dwellings of the valley, personalizing the piece upon request. He soon acquired international fame: an exhibition was organized in Geneva and his paper cut where sold in United States and Great Britain, but he did never lower the quality of his cuts.

Saugy at work in his house. Photo from Musée du Vieux Pays-d'Enhault Château-d’Oex

Saugy at work in his house. Photo from Musée du Vieux Pays-d’Enhault Château-d’Oex

Many celebrities form all over the world came to his house to visit him and see how he worked. In 1928 at 57, due to health issues, he quit his job as postman. He devoted his time to produce and sell Gentian liqueur and to his beloved paper cutting.

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Saugy smiles holding one of his paper cut. Photo from Musée du Vieux Pays-d’Enhault Château-d’Oex

Saugy was used to work on a couch with a portable desk, smoking his pipe. In “Nature at the points of the scissors” we can see the artist at work, filmed on Christmas Eve 1950.

He cut his individual silhouettes with a tiny scissor and them he placed on the background paper to create a pleasant composition; using tweezers he placed a drop of glue on the back of each element and he hold it in place with a long hat pin.

Louis-David Saugy, Peaceful farming life, 1940, 25×40.5 cm, Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

 Unfortunately, despite Saugy’s effort to choose the right glue, the one he use deteriorated leaving brownish stains on the background paper. He died at Rougemont on July 5th 1953, soon after a big fire destroyed the centre of the village.
The Saugy Chalet in Rougemont

The Saugy Chalet in Rougemont

His amazing artworks are in the collection of the Musée du Vieux Pays-d’Enhaut à Château-d’Œx and are sold in antique markets and international auctions.

Louis-David Saugy, Alp Life,

Louis-David Saugy, Alp Life, 26×42 cm Dobiaschofsky Auction House Bern 

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Bibliography: Louis-David Saugy, Manuel sur la fabrication du fromage de Gruyère, Impr. V. Fatio, 1895; Gottfried Keller, Conrad-Ferdinand Meyer et Jérémias Gotthelf, Trad. inédite by Richard Walter, Trois nouvelles suisses, Lausanne, 1943, La Guilde du Livre; Christian Rubi, Scherenschnitte aus hundert Jahern. Johann Jakob Hauswirth, Louis Saugy und Christian Schwizgebel. Ein Beitrag zur schweizerischen Volkskunstforschung, Bern, Stuttgart, 1959, Hans Huber; Christian Rubi, Papierschnitt, Scherenschnitt, Schablonenschnit. Ein Anleitungsbuch, 1970; Claude Allegri, Louis Saugy. La vie et l’œuvre du découpeur de Rougemont, Genève, 1977, Editions du RuisseauCharles Apothéloz, Christophe Bernoulli, René Creux, Meisterwerke des Scherenschnitts J.J. Hauswirth, L. Saugy, Zürich, 1978, Buchclub Ex Libris; Charles Apothéloz, Christophe Bernoulli, René Creux, Deux imagiers du Pays d’Enhau tJ.J. Hauswirth, L. Saugy, Paudex, 1978, Ed. de Fontainemore; Charles Apothéloz, ed. by Laura Casalis, transl. from the French by Michael Langley, Paper cuts by Johann-Jakob Hauswirth and Louis-David Saugy, London, 1980, Thames and Hudson; Guy Filippa et al., Blick in eine Idylle Schweizer Volkskunst und naive Malerei aus vier Jahrhunderten, Bern, 1983, Benteli; J.-J. Hauswirth, L. Saugy, C. Schwizgebel, Les découpages du Pays d’Enhaut et du Saanenland, Flendruz, 1996, Editions Centre du Découpage Claude Allegri; Alfred Schneider, Vom Baum zum Lebensbaum Bild und Sinnbild im Scherenschnitt (De l’arbre à l’arbre de vie : présence et symbole dans le découpage), Flendruz, 1996 Editions Centre du Découpage Claude Allegri; Jean-Frédéric Henchoz, Louis Saugy, 1871-1953, exposition, Musée du Vieux Pays-d’Enhaut, Château-d’Oex, 22 décembre 2007 – 2 mars 2008, Château-d’Oex, 2007, Musée du Vieux Pays-d’Enhaut; La nature au bout des ciseaux hommage aux découpeurs du Pays-d’Enhautun film de Géraldine Henchoz et Jean-Frédéric Henchoz, 2007; Felicitas Oehler, Querschnitt Schweizer Scherenschnitte aus fünf Jahrhunderten, Bern, 2013, Haupt.