Japanese Chigir-e Art
No paint, no scissors, just newspaper…
Chigiri-e is a traditional Japanese art form in which pictures are created from hand-torn Japanese paper called washi. Instead of traditional washi I use newspaper, which adds a contemporary dimension to the work and creates a unique contrast between subject (they are often inspired by the natural world) and materials.
My process begins with finding different colours and patterns on newspaper. Then I tear and glue the newspaper pieces onto paper. Every single piece on my chigiri-e is from newspaper, with no added colours and no use of scissors. I like tearing paper instead of cutting as it gives the picture soft edges thus warm feeling.
Interested in my chigiri-e workshop? Find out here.
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Dog with Butterflies (Pugsy)
Crab on the Shore
Cat in the Field
Cat by the Window
Hydrangeas and Snails
Perie on the Rug
Tadpoles in the Rice Field
Teapot and Cup