Japanese artist Masayo Fukuda is a master paper cutting artist.
Mastering the craft known as Kirie, the traditional art form involves cutting intricate forms from a single sheet of white paper and then contrasting it against a black background to reveal the design.
This amazing form of art requires tremendous patience and a steady hand.
At first glance, the beautiful artwork looks as though it was rendered using fine-tipped pens, but Fukuda carefully cut every detail from one sheet of paper.
Fukuda create mind-boggling detailed designs using simple tools: a cutting mat, blade, and paper.
The finished products are more than amazing.
More of Masayo Fukuda‘s work can be found at https://kiriken.thebecos.com/en/.
Montreal-based artist Guy Laramée created sculptural works, highlighting his evolving ability to excavate mountainous landscapes, cavernous hollows, and sloping watersheds from the dense pages of repurposed books.
One of his favorite mediums are bound stacks of old dictionaries and encyclopedias which he carves using a method of sandblasting to which he later applies oil paints, inks, pigments and dry pastels, crayon, adhesives, and beeswax.
When photographed up close the works appear almost realistic, as if the viewer is looking at aerial or satellite topographies of Earth
Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures.
Laramee says, “I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romntic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains.
They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS.”
More of Guy Laramée’s work can be found at http://www.guylaramee.com
Most have heard of Oragami, but have you heard of Kirigami?
The major difference between the two is that, in origami, you fold paper, whereas in kirigami, you fold and cut paper.
Typically, kirigami starts with a folded base, which is then cut;
cuts are then opened and flattened to make the finished kirigami.
A difference between kirigami and the art of “pop-up” is that kirigami is made out of a single piece of paper that has been cut into a design.
Kirigami are usually symmetrical, such as pentagrams and snowflakes.
It is an art that takes a true plan, a steady hand, and a piece of paper.
Not to mention … imagination.
Kirigami artists and clubs can be found throughout the Internet.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
— Marcus Tullius Cicero
Su Blackwell is an artist working predominantly within the realm of paper.
She is a British artist best known for constructing delicate sculptures from the pages of books.
Su creates tranquil unique landscapes from cutting up pages of old books.
“I always read the book first, at least once or twice, and then I begin to create the work, cutting out, adding details.”
“The detail is what brings it all together, the magic element.”
Su Blackwell’s art is delicate, intricate, and personal.
She brings the magic of books into this dimension.
More of Su’s fantastic paper art work can be found at www.sublackwell.co.uk.
Do take time to visit her worlds.