Kathryn Carr
Artist Kathryn Carr.

For three and a half years, we have followed creative and inspiring people a week at a time in our NEXT Up section. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our superstar NEXT Uppers for sharing their daily routines, projects and thoughts about our city. It’s been enlightening and entertaining.

It all started with Todd Owens — co-founder of Nonprofit Talent and one of the most social guys we know — who had the idea for the column and was first up in revealing plans for his week in early March 2014 when we launched NEXTpittsburgh. (Check back next week to catch him here again).

To shake things up, we are rebooting NEXT Up with a new Q&A format. We hope you’ll find this just as interesting and we welcome suggestions for questions.

First up is Pittsburgh-based artist, Kathryn Carr, who composes intricate compositions and illustrations by cutting paper with a precision knife blade. While living in Alaska in 2008, Kathryn started experimenting with paper cutting and became inspired by the German folk art form, scherenschnitte (shear-en-SNIT-tah), which depicts scenes from everyday life. Her work includes a line of greeting cards and children’s book illustrations, while her larger pieces — hand cut from sheets of Tyvek — are displayed in galleries, homes and corporate spaces.

Two Bees in the Trees, Kathryn Carr.

What events are you attending this week?

You’ll find me all weekend set up in an art booth at A Fair in the Park. It’s held in Mellon Park this weekend. I love this art show because it has such a great vibe. It showcases so much artistic talent, from amazing fine art to live music, all in a really beautiful setting. Please stop by booth 46 and say hello!

Best part of your job?

I would have to say the best part of my job is that it allows me to be flexible. Armed with my laptop and a few art supplies, I can take my office and art studio and work from just about anywhere.

What’s one thing you’d place in a Pittsburgh time capsule?

I wonder if there is a time capsule big enough to hold the Carrie Furnace? I guess it is a time capsule unto itself!

Iconic Pittsburgh place you’ve still never visited?

The top of the Cathedral of Learning.

At what Pittsburgh restaurant do you always order dessert?

Colangelo’s in the Strip District. It is hard to resist their marzipan filled mele.

Favorite Pittsburgh brewery?

I tend to favor East End Brewery. One of my favorite beers there is the Fat Gary Nut Brown Ale. This place is a gem! They host great events, the staff is friendly, and the space itself is unique and has lots of character.

Favorite Pittsburgh view?

A bird’s eye view… I love looking out of an airplane window while flying over the city.

Best day-trip escape from the city?

I enjoy driving up to the Laurel Highlands. It is refreshing to get up into the mountains and there is so much to do in that beautiful area … visit the Frank Lloyd Wright house, Ohiopyle and Touchstone Center for Crafts.

What’s your Pittsburgh comfort food?

My favorite Pittsburgh-style comfort food would have to be potato and cheese pierogies with grilled onions and sour cream. The first time I tried that combination was at the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.

Favorite rainy day Pittsburgh activity?

Phipps Conservatory — it is magical to hear and see the rain when you are under a canopy of plants and glass. They also have a great little café perfect place to enjoy a coffee and read the paper.

Night to Celebrate, Kathryn Carr.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...