Kirigami master displays cutting-edge works in Hanoi

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A month-long exhibition called "The World of KIRIGAMI: A Hundred Flowers & Words" by Japanese artist Kanako Yaguchi opened in Hanoi on Saturday, September 22.

 

A press release from the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam describes Kirigami (paper cutout) as a traditional Japanese art and a variation of Origami (folding paper). It gets its name from the Japanese word kiru, which means "to cut" and kami, paper.

 

Typically, Kirigami starts with a folded base, which is then cut; cuts are then opened and flattened. Kirigami is usually symmetrical, and creates patterns like snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.

 

The Kirigami works displayed at the exhibition can be seen in various Buddhism and Shinto festivals in Japan. They are also used as decorations for the New Year's Day, Tanabata [The Star Festival], in paper lanterns for fairs, paper toys for kids, screen papers and folk handicrafts, the release says.

 

It mentions Yaguchi as a master of Kirigami works who can visualize the "shape of pleasure" in enormously diverse patterns.

 

Yaguchi's works stand out for their axial symmetry and she is highly acclaimed as an artist who adds "new value" to the traditional craft by infusing her works with a "contemporary sense."

 

Many of her original patterns have become standards in Kirigami works and her patterns are used for new designs of Japanese traditional attires like Kimono and the Yukata, the press release says.

 

Yaguchi has also published a lot of books on Kirigami, including The Art of Decorative Paper Stencils 1 & 2 (Quarry Books, 2008, 2009) (in English), and often appears on TV programs in Japan as an instructor for making Kirigami works at home.

 

A graduate of the Department of Design at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Yaguchi now holds individual exhibitions while collaborating with the apparel industry. She also does store and logo designs and holds workshops on Kirigami.

 

In this exhibition that closes October 21, Kanako's recent masterpieces as well as newly created works in Vietnam will be displayed.

 

The exhibition is open at 27 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. Admission is free.

 

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