ABOUT THE ARTIST

Janelle Washington is a self-taught paper-cut artist from Virginia. She graduated from VCU with a BFA in Fashion Design and afterward found interest in paper cutting. Her artwork explores themes of history, identity, and beauty in African American culture. 
 
Through the simplicity of paper, Janelle creates images that showcase African Americans’ courage, achievements, and grace in difficult situations. Paper reminds her of her ancestors, how from humble beginnings, a transformation can take place, creating something extraordinary. She creates patterns, symbols, and silhouettes that work simultaneously to construct a multifaceted design through positive and negative spaces. Her paper cuts retell a story of the past to current and future generations by adding a present-day perspective of empowerment and reflection. 
 
  She has commissioned silhouettes housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and art at the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. Janelle's first illustrated book, written by author Angela Joy, will come out in Fall 2022. In addition, her silhouette of Breonna Taylor with the #SayHerName campaign was featured in the Oprah magazine September 2020 issue. She is also a member of The Guild of American Papercutters.
Royal Queen Silhouette Paper Cut Art
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Press & News

Richmond Times-Dispatch: read more
VCU  Arts/ VCU News: read more
Angela Joy: read more
St. Paul's: watch video/read more
Fuse 8: read more
Fitzgerald Fine Arts: read more
Women You Should Know interview: read more
Book/Print Collective: read more
ArtNet: read more
SuperSelected: read more
Downing-Gross: read more
Art Impact: read more
Publick Playhouse: read more
American Craft Council: read more
ArtCentron: read more
Ikouii: read more
Paper Cut Artist around the World: read more
Aphrochic: read more
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