The leaf pictured at the top of this post isn’t a leaf at all. It’s made of paper and is an exquisite example of the Japanese art of papercutting is called Kirie (切り絵, meaning ‘cut paper’). All of the extraordinarily delicate examples of the Kirie seen here were handmade by a self-taught Japanese artist named Akira Nagaya, whose skills were first discovered about 30 years ago while he was working in a sushi shop.
"One of his first tasks was to learn sasabaran, a technique to create decorations by cutting slices into bamboo leaves. Back at home, and recalling his boss’s demonstration, Nagaya tried to practice using paper and a utility knife. He found that the technique came quite naturally, and he enjoyed doing it.”
Years later Nagaya was still making his intricate paper objects when he opened his very own restaurant and decided to display his kirie “for fun.” When a local newspaper showed up to review his restaurant they spotted his creations and encouraged him to display them in a gallery.
“That was the first time I even considered what I had been doing as art,” recalls Nagaya.
Head over to Akira Nagaya’s Facebook page to check out many more of his marvelous cut paper creations.
[via Spoon & Tamago]
dillon marsh places copper spheres in arid mining landscapes
all images © dillon marsh
‘for what it’s worth’, visually embodies the resources of a copper mine situated within the landscapes of site specific locales.
read more about the spherical structures here: http://www.designboom.com/art/dillon-marsh-copper-spheres-mining-landscapes-04-22-2014/
Graziano Locatelli is an Italian artist working with mixed media and creating artworks from ready made materials like tiles.
I started assembling small tiles of aluminium that I cut from larger foils, I painted and put them together to produce works that would later represent the main structure of my current production. My early works are sharp and are often torn apart by heads and figures that try and break the wall and is still the subject of the breakage that bewitches me.
After a few attempts at mixing cement, glue and tiles, I created a copious body of works that revolves around the theme of abandoned places. I wonder what meanings and feelings these (once) familiar places arouse in those who lived there. I see them as restless dreams, spaces in ruins inhabited by ghosts that still retain an embryonic life.