Japanese artist’s hand-cut paper art is astonishingly intricate and breathtakingly beautiful

Another kirie artist is here to awe and inspire.

While origami is pretty well-known outside of Japan, far fewer will have heard of Japan’s other paper-shaping art form kirie, which literally means “cut picture” (切り絵). All one needs is a piece of paper and a cutter knife, and with some intuition and mad cutting skills, you too can make jaw-dropping beauty like we’ve taken a look at before.

Now another artist who goes by @mi_kocoa on Twitter entered the spotlight when she shared her most recent work and astounded all who saw it. While her works in the past have featured lovely designs of animals and flowers, this one utilizes text as the main focus — specifically, an excerpt from the classic children’s novel Night on the Galactic Railroad (Ginga Tetsudō no Yoru) by Kenji Miyazaka.

This was cut entirely by hand from a single sheet of origami paper, using only a cutter knife. To keep the whole thing together, each kanji and hiragana character is attached to the next with hair-fine lines. Some characters have even been hollowed out in the center for emphasis.

▼ Trying to imagine the level of patience and hand-control
needed to cut such fine detail is mind boggling.

▼ The final product looks so delicate,
like simply breathing on it would cause it to tear.

The final product has been retweeted over 80,000 times and liked an astounding 196,000 times, with netizens voicing their awe at @mi_kocoa’s talent:

“This kirie seriously moved me!”
“It’s so beautiful.”
“I thought this was Photoshopped, but it’s real and it’s amazing! How do you make such fine details so perfectly? Wonderful!”

Her other works are just as finely detailed, and equally lovely to look at:

▼ Look at the details on that dragon.

▼ A beautiful little goldfish with flower blossoms.

▼ Kitties in love.

We’re sure this won’t be the last we see of @mi_kocoa, and we can’t wait see what her magical hands create next! Be sure to follow her so you can keep up with her art as well.

Source: Twitter/@mi_kocoa via Togech
Featured image: Twitter/@mi_kocoa

Japanese artist cuts insanely detailed Alice in Wonderland-inspired kirie paper art by hand

We’re pretty sure even a machine wouldn’t be able to cut finer lines!

Kirie, the Japanese art of paper cutting, requires only a piece of paper and a sharp blade. If you want to make an impressive piece of work though, you’ll also need a very steady hand, lots of time, and even more patience. Judging from her most recent work, which went viral shortly after being shared on Twitter, kirie artist @shi112 has all the above!

“I’ve focused on cutting the letters for three hours. I’m getting pretty tired of it.”

Over the course of a week, she used a cutting blade to carve out insanely fine lines and very intricate details into a sheet of black origami paper.


The end result – a mind-blowingly beautiful work of art, featuring a passage from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland surrounded by details that seem too delicate to have been done by hand.

“I made lace-like kirie from a passage of Alice in Wonderland…”

The internet’s reaction was nothing short of awe and amazement:

“Amazing. Now THIS is art.”
“Are…are you sure you’re human?”
“I know I can’t sum it up in one word but for now all I can say is, awesome!”

“I’m blown away by how beautiful and intricate it is.”
“This is so amazing! I want to see the real thing.”

Well, if you will be in Tokyo around the end of July, you have the chance to see it for yourself! @shi112’s kirie will be on display at the Art Imagine Gallery from July 21 to 25 and from the 28 to August 1. Even if you can’t make it to the exhibition, be sure to follow @shi112 on Twitter to see more of her amazing work!

Gallery information
Art Imagine / アートイマジン
Address: Tokyo-to Kunitachi-shi Higashi 1-15-33 Hirose Bld 5F
東京都国立市東1-15-33 広西ビル5F
Open: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. / Tuesdays 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)

Source and images: Twitter/@shi112