Washi paper art by Kyoko Hazama
Washi paper is used in many traditional arts of Japan. Japanese paper artist Kyoko Hazama also creates cute miniature sculptures out of this durable, rigid paper. She has been used Washi paper since childhood, first as a game, then, at her twenties – created miniature sculptures. 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. Kyoko Hazama admits she is inspired by 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.