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Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

Cat and girl. Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

Cat and girl. Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama
In fact, the Japanese use Washi paper in many traditional arts.
And Japanese paper artist Kyoko Hazama also creates cute miniature sculptures out of this durable and rigid paper. According to Kyoko Hazama, she has been used Washi paper since childhood, first as a game, then, at her twenties – created miniature sculptures. Meanwhile, every sculpture begins with an idea drawn in a sketch. Using different colors of paper, layer by layer, Kyoko Hazama constructs her cartoon-like figurines. Noteworthy, the main inspiration for Kyoko Hazama became facial expressions of animated cartoon characters from the Czech Republic. Anyway, the art of Kyoko Hazama originates from the traditional Japanese folk art dolls combined with her individual view and feelings. Her miniature human sculptures, which are mostly girls – depict her personality, they are symbolic self-portraits.

Cat and girl. Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

Closeup, Cat and girl. Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama

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