If you are a crafts lover, you must have tried making a paper snowflake or a pop-up card at least once. You might or might not be knowing the fact that this art-form is known as Kirie or Kirigami. Composed of two Japanese words Kiri (to cut) and gami(paper), Kirigami literally translates to the art of cutting paper. Originated in the late sixth or early seventh century AD, the traditional Japanese art involves carving intricate forms on paper. Kirie is fun, but at the same time, it demands a great deal of practice, concentration and most importantly, patience.
Masayo Fukuda is a veteran Kirie artist with over 25 years of experience. She has recently shared her best work of 2018, and it is…incredible! Have a look at this majestic life-sized octopus carving. At first glance, you won’t believe that it has been created from a single sheet of A2 sized paper.
Fukuda has used negative space technique, due to which, the sea-animal looks breathtaking. The finest details like its bulging eyes, elaborate siphon and sophisticated veins are giving a 3D web-like impression. How can we forget the magnificent tentacles! They are meticulously cut to give the illusion of overlap. The stunning swirls and lace-like texture have multiplied the grandeur of the artwork.
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