Japanese Chigire-e Art

No paint, no scissors, just newspaper…


Noriko Matsubara with her chigiri-e

I practice a traditional Japanese art form called ‘chigiri-e’, in which pictures are created from hand-torn Japanese paper. My Japanese heritage influences my work, but the material used is newspaper; adding a contemporary dimension to the work. 

My process of paper collage begins with finding different colours and patterns on newspaper. Then I tear and glue the newspaper pieces onto paper. I use no paint, no scissors, just newspaper torn by hand.

Interested in my Chigiri-e Workshops? Find out here

You can buy my Chigiri-e Prints and Chigiri-e Greeting Cards on my online shop.