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The Origins of Paper Cutting
The art of paper-cutting originated in China and it dates back to the second century C.E. since paper was invented by Cai Lun in the Eastern Han Dynasty in China. Chinese Paper Cutting became more affordable and paper-cutting became one of the more important art styles in Chinese folk culture. The art form later spread to other parts of the world with different regions adopting their own cultural styles.
This art form witnessed its most prosperous period during the Ming and Qing Dynasty (around 1368 – 1912).
Below is a collection of absolutely phenomenal paper artists.
Maude is a paper artist that comes from a family of storytellers. She feels that paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries but instead of using the paper to write the stories on, she is actually bringing the stories forth from the paper by transforming the paper itself to images.
Nahoko Kojima is an awe-inspiring professional contemporary Japanese paper cut artist, born in Hyogo, Japan. Nahoko is an avid follower of fashion and trends and also found much of her inspiration in the city. She has been residing in London since 2006, spearheading hand-made Contemporary Japanese Papercut Art in the UK and fast becoming one of the leaders in her discipline internationally.
These intricate designs are incredibly complex Paper Sculptures by artist Rogan Brown. Inspired by nature, Brown creates work that is an exploration of the world. In each piece, the geometric patterns and branch-like shapes reflect the elaborate designs seen all around us, from microscopic cells to large scale geological formations.
Born in 1981, Tomoko Shioyasu majored in sculpture at the Kyoto City University of Arts. As a student, Shioyasu was fascinated by the veins in the leaves of Rumex japonicus found all over campus. The veins were so delicate, yet had such dynamic forms, and she once tried cutting them out one by one with a utility knife. She describes this as the inspiration behind her current works, created on the theme of nature.
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