Decorative Paper Cutting with Bennett Konesni 

Saturday, October 21, 2017 |  4:30 to 6:30 PM |  Manor Dining Room

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm | 80 N. Ferry Road | Shelter Island, New York 11964



Bennett Konesni, the Co-Founder of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, has long been inspired to preserve and promote traditional arts. Using black paper, he has become a master paper cutter, creating graphic works of paper illustrations that are a throwback to a simpler time. Bennett’s interest was inspired by silhouette paper portraits of family members that decorated The Manor. Using the same traditional techniques his ancestors used, he creates timeless images of quotidian moments.

"I love making art out of cut paper because it is so simple and yet it creates images that somehow feel complex and carry great emotion,” Bennett shared. “I guess since it's simply black and white. The art form itself forces me to get at the essence of a thing.”

In addition to carving paper, Bennett owns and runs Duckback Farm in Belfast, Maine, focusing on garlic production for seed and table, culinary herbs, and teas. He is also an internationally-touring musician, with a specialty in Northern fiddle and dance music as well as worksongs for field and forest, which he uses regularly on his own farm and teaches at workshops.