Om mig


Praktiserende papirklipper Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen med en stribe papirklip
 Foto Robert Wengler, venligst udlånt af Fyens Stiftstidende

Welcome to my universe of paper cut people. Through my paper cuts, I’m telling the story of the paper cut people, who are trapped deep inside the paper, before I start cutting and creating their shapes and sizes.


Read more i this flyer about my universe of paper cut people - or read below on this page.


As an artist, I can sense that the paper cut people are caught in their sadness within the paper. They are unfulfilled and have something in their lives that weigh them down. After I start cutting, they are all cut loose and given the freedom to travel around in this wonderful and diverse world, we live in.

It is the universal story about us as humans, and how we must take care of own life, look ourselves in the eyes, in order to work out what makes us unhappy and sad - and how we can find happiness. That is why all of my paper cut people smile and are happy.


I regularly exhibit my framed paper cut people. I have exhibited in more than 110 places since 2003 - including two times in Japan and two time in the U.S.


I have attended "Norsk Høstfest", which North America’s largest Scandinavian festival. It is held in Minot, North 
Dakota. At the Høstfest, 20.000 Americans celebrate the Scandinavian heritage each yaer. This year, Norsk Høstferst acknowledged my efforts by awarding me the festival's Merit Award.


I represented Denmark at the event 'Nordic Wonderland' at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC January 2016. The event was arranged by five Nordic embassies in the United States. I april 2017 I made a exhibition and a papercut workshop at The Nordic Center in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. In 2018 I had a exhibition and a papercut workshop at Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa. In 2019 2019, I participated in the symposium "Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest" arranged by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


In September 2017 I made a exhibition i Japan together with Robert Cole Rizzi. The exhibition combined paper cuts, audio and photo in an unique way. 


I regularly host paper cut workshop, where the participants – under my guidance – get the opportunity to try their own hand at paper cutting. Throughout the workshop, the participants experience the very best of cutting paper - including the moment where the paper is unfolded, the happy paper cut people emerge, and the magic occurs.

On a regular basis, I also give lectures on my paper clip art and all the many wonderful experiences I have gained through my work as a paper cut artist.


I started out as paper cut artist in 2004. I am 55 years old and married to Lene. We have two daughters aged 22 and 26 years. We live in Odense, Denmark, which is the town of birth of the world famous fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen, who was a very skilled paper cut artist.


Feel free to visit my e-shop on Etsy: 



Instagram username: @jarlstroempaperart

Twitter username: @JarlstroemPaper


Please free to contact me if you are interested in my universe of paper cut people (workshops, lectures, framed paper cutting art, etc.).


Tel. +45 22 41 85 54. Email:   


Best regards


Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen
Paper Cut Artist from Denmark


Torben Jarlstrøm Clausen · Svalevænget 3 · 5210 Odense NV · Tlf. 22 41 85 54 · ·