The art of cutting paper and get as result a three-dimensional effect by Kiriken Masayo


" The way to make a basic paper cutting is to first sketch on thin paper, put it on top of a black sheet of paper, which will become the final work, and then cut the two pieces together.

In the early days, I also did cutouts in the same way, but there was a limit to expressing thin lines with two cuttings. When the paper cutting was finished, it was more a two-dimensional work with no sense of depth. So, to better express a sense of depth, I draw a sketch directly onto white paper and cut only the one sheet. The work is done on white paper because the sketch is difficult to see if it is on black paper.

The most important thing is a "sketch." My work is either good or bad based on the sketch and its completeness. I think that it is a characteristic unique to my work, which other artists’ paper cuttings do not have. In my case, the completed product will be reversed, left to right, because I have to sketch on the backside of the paper. A very important part of the process in creating the sketch is calculating the overall balance while considering the reversal, left to right.

When we talk about traditional paper cutting art, the works are two-dimensional and depthless. However, I would like to express the depth and a three-dimensional feeling with my paper cutting art. Therefore, I make large works, carefully using the contrast of the thickness and thinness of the line.

To make one artwork, I combine white paper, artistic skill, cutting techniques with a three-dimensional feeling on one piece of paper. There might be a painter who has exceptional painting skills or a paper cutting artist with excellent cutting skills, but I think that no one has the talents of both. An artist who can produce a three-dimensional feeling with one piece of paper is considered unusual."