Masayo Fukuda’s paper art

Masayo Fukuda

Japanese artist Masayo Fukuda makes beautiful things from paper, using the Kirie technique: the Japanese form of paper-cutting. Her artworks are so special and detailed that you can’t actually see that they are made of paper.

Literally translated as ‘cut picture’, Kirie involves cutting intricate forms from a single sheet of white paper and then placing it against a black background to reveal the silhouette. Masayo Fukuda has been practicing this traditional Japanese form of paper-cutting for more than 25 years. She is most proud of her octopus, which took her two months to make in 2018. The work is so complicated and detailed that it almost looks as if it has been drawn.

“Paper art is a way for me to release all my daily stress,” Fukuda says. “And you need nothing more than some paper, a knife, a cutting mat and good light.”

  • You can see more of Fukuda’s paper art on her Instagram.

Photography Masaya Fukudo