Amazingly Delicate Paper Cuttings By Akira Nagaya
In the masterful hands of self-taught Japanese artist Akira Nagaya, paper is transformed into stunning works of art called kirie, or cut paper in Japanese. Nagaya’s story began when he started working at a sushi shop in his early 20s, and had to learn sasabaran – a cutting technique used to create intricate food decorations out of bamboo leaves. By practicing the technique on his own with paper and a utility knife, the artist discovered his talent and passion for creating elaborate paper cuttings.
The 47-year-old artist eventually opened his own restaurant, where he displayed his beautiful cuttings. Only when a local newspaper came along and suggested that Nagaya exhibit his works in a gallery did he actually start to consider his cuttings as art.