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Lady Grey
01-17-2002, 03:40 PM
Have you ever got "in touch" with that Japanese paper cut art ? I came across it accidentaly during my visit to China. I was watching TV - some Japanese channel - and saw a movie about traditional Japanese art styles. I could not understand a word but found it awsome. Back to Poland I tried to find out something more about isekatagami and ki ri e. I found some interesting sites in Internet - maybe you also would like to visit them:

http://ease.com/~randyj/artpaper.htm
It shows the art of Shoto Kimura - a Japanese isekatagami master

http://www.ztv.ne.jp/minomusi/indexE.html
Minomusi Art Studio

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ev7m-km/engindex.html
it's about ki ri e

Is really unbelivable - when you look at those pictures you just can't belive that they were cut out from paper.
Anyway - I wasn't very succesfull in getting materials in Poland - special paper sheets and cutters are not available in Poland and importing them would be quite difficult and (what more important) very expensive. So I decided to do my own paper cut art - you had a chance to see the results :D
Still - i would be very happy if I could find somebody who has some experience in isekatagami and ki ri e and could tell me more about it - especially about colorful isekatagami.
Lady Grey

Leaflin
01-19-2002, 03:38 PM
Hi Lady Grey :)
I couldn't get on the first site but the second and third were amazing.
"The Girl and Juggling Balls" was simply exquisite.
Thanks for the link.

Lady Grey
01-19-2002, 03:46 PM
It must be something wrong with their server at the moment - I can't get on the first site either, but was there 2 days ago - it's a pitty because this one is the best IMHO :(
Glad that you liked it :D
Lady Grey

Leaflin
01-19-2002, 03:59 PM
That's OK I'll check back later and see if it is working :)

Rose Queen
01-19-2002, 04:12 PM
Yes, thanks very much for posting this. I first heard of Chigiri-e (which is the art of making images from torn handmade paper, rather than cutting it, as the artist in the third site does) in a back issue of the magazine Somerset Studio. Here's the link, in case you'd like to see if they still have a back issue: http://www.stampington.com/html/canadian_issue.html

The article profiled a woman in Canada who teaches Chigiri-e, but despite a very high Japanese-American population in the Los Angeles area, I haven't had any luck finding someone who can teach me. I really enjoyed looking at the third site, Lady Grey, and I hope the other two are back on line soon!



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Lady Grey
01-24-2002, 01:01 PM
The website of Shoto Kimura is working again :-))) I was there two minutes ago :clap: So if you want to "feed" your eyes with something really beautiful - visit Shoto Kimura:
Shoto Kimura (http://ease.com/~randyj/artpaper.htm)

Lady Grey