Rosa Leff

began cutting paper in 2012 while working on her Master’s in Elementary Education at The University of Pennsylvania. When asked to create a children’s book as part of her program, she looked to Eric Carle and Ezra Jack Keats for inspiration. Building on the education she received from painting with her grandmother, Jacqueline Ziegler, and her time at the Instituto Superior de Artes de La Habana, Leff created her first papercut illustrations.

She now serves on the board of The Guild of American Papercutters and is best known for her obsession with powerlines and urban landscapes. Each cityscape is cut from a single sheet of paper using Excel Blades. Recently, she has begun experimenting with adhesives, layering, and cutting non-traditional papers such as paper plates in her Baltimore studio.