#6 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet.
Today, let’s bask in the utterly exquisite, mind boggling beauty and delicate intricacy of Hina Aoyama’s papercut art.
Awhile ago, Sara Lewis Holmes tipped me off about this amazing Japanese artist who now lives in France creating pieces that truly take the breath away.
Though she does a lot of scenic pieces, she also handcuts letters, poems, and pieces of literature:
Here’s a Basho haiku,
and a piece that is permanently on display at a miniature museum in Lyon:
She doesn’t use a laser; everything is done by hand with a pair of scissors:
A letter from Voltaire:
Here’s a close-up of one of her pieces,
and she even does jewelry!
*Sigh and swoon*
Hina Aoyama’s work has received worldwide acclaim, including a 2008 Paper Art Triennale International Musee de Charmey Suisse First Prize. She says, “My passion is to create a finest cutoff beyond the level of the very time-consuming needle lace making. I don’t follow traditional, but I am trying to create a mixture of the traditional and modern styles and to produce my own world through this super fine lacy-paper-cuttings technique.”
She recently published a book featuring her work, which you can learn more about here.
Thanks again, Sara, for sharing this great find!
*All images from Hina Aoyama’s Flickr photostream and MySpace page.
Certified authentic alphabetica, handmade just for you with love and a new respect for scissors.