At this point in time, the Scissortail project is being spearheaded by the husband and wife team of Paul and Hannah Nielsen.
Paul Nielsen studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln graduating in 2001 with a BFA. He spends as much time creating in the studio as possible — which isn’t nearly often enough — using mainly clay and wood, although he’s become more and more interested in nihonga. While wishing he had more time for his own artwork, he has realized he is as much of a catalyst for the arts as an artist himself.
He has worked for nonprofits for the past 10 years now, mainly for Mission Data International and more recently in the tourism industry. He also enjoys building furniture, almost any home remodeling project and bicycling.
Hannah Nielsen graduated from John Brown University with a degree in journalism and a minor in philosophy. She has a passion for the written word and for the fiber arts. She’s edited everything from a dissertation on economics to a novel to a Bible commentary, and also worked as a journalist and managing editor for a weekly paper. She helped found the Inspys and was on their advisory board until 2013.
When it comes to fiber her interests are as varied as possible. She crochets, knits, spins and more recently has begun dying wool and designing patterns. A couple of Christmases ago she received a loom in order to learn weaving.