Thinly Cut Paper Works Of Art is Amazing
These thinly cut paper works of art are truly amazing. The person behind them is San Francisco-based artist Kanako Abe. Her paper works of art look more like pen drawings than actual paper cutouts. Abe started working with paper, back in 2012, when learning about the ancient Japanese art form of Ise-katagami. This is a traditional practice that revolves around a stencil technique that uses complex designs on Kimono fabric.
Abe uses the same technique of Ise-katagami, but instead of kimono fabric, she is working on black paper. The tools she employs are an X-Acto knife, a cutting mat, and above all, a lot of patience. The end result is these thinly cut paper works of art that depict woodland spirit animals located in mystical forests that explore the “everyday moments and thoughts.”
Abe’s growing portfolio of animal cut-outs includes a reassuring moth that reminds you to “have faith in yourself, and you will see the light,” and a supernatural fox with “a connection to a magical realm.”
She documents each of the pieces on Instagram, sometimes even showing her paper works as if they were shadows held against illuminated surfaces. Depending on the size and intricacy of the design, Abe’s works can each take 15 hours to complete – especially if they are the smaller ones.
“I find curvy lines take more time than geometric patterns with straight lines,” she explains.
If you’re ever in San Francisco, or you are from San Francisco, you can visit Abe’s first solo show, known as Meet Me in the Woods. It will take place at the Little Lodge gallery and it will be open until December 2nd, 2017, on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 6 PM. But if you can’t attend, then you can still keep up with Abe’s incredible paper works of art on Instagram. Here, she also shares her works in progress.