Exhibition “The World of KIRIGAMI: A Hundred Flowers & Words”

Posted on Tuesday 18 Sep - 2012

Exhibition The World of KIRIGAMI 1

Opening: Fri 21 Sep, 6 pm
Exhibition: 22 Sep – 21 Oct 2012
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam

Lovely patterns, only by folding and cutting papers!

From The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam:

The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam proudly presents an exhibition “The World of KIRIGAMI: A Hundred Flowers & Words” by Kanako Yaguchi from 22 September – 21 October 2012 in Hanoi.

KIRIGAMI (paper cutouts) is one of Japanese traditional arts and a variation of Origami (folding papers) that includes cutting of the paper (from Japanese “kiru” = to cut, “kami” = paper).  Typically, Kirigami starts with a folded base, which is then cut; cuts are then opened and flattened to make the finished kirigami works. Kirigami is usually symmetrical, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.

These KIRIGAMI works are commonly observed in various Buddhism and Shinto festivals in Japan; decorative papers for New Year’s Day, Tanabata [The Star Festival], paper lanterns for Fair, paper toys for kids, screen papers and folk handicrafts, to name the few.

Kanako Yaguchi (b. 1976) is a master of KIRIGAMI works who can visualize the “shape of pleasure” in enormously diverse patterns. The feature of Kanako’s works is in its axial symmetry and she is highly acclaimed as a promising KIRIGAMI artist who adds new value on the traditional KIRIGAMI handicrafts by fusing contemporary sense into them.

Many of Kanako’s original patterns become standards in KIRIGAMI works and her cutting-edge patterns are used for new designs of Japanese traditional cloths (i.e., Kimono, Yukata) as well as for advertisements. Kanako has also published a lot of books on KIRIGAMI and often appears on TV inJapanas an instructor for making KIRIGAMI works at home.

In this exhibition, Kanako’s recent masterpieces as well as newly created works inVietnamwill be displayed, making the whole space of the exhibition into the beautiful world of KIRIGAMI.

Free admission.

For inquiries on the exhibition and the interview with the designer, please contact at:

Ms. Huong (Ext. 106) / Ms. Nha (Ext. 115) / Mr. Yoshioka (0123-384-4138)

TheJapanFoundationCenterfor Cultural Exchange inVietnam

27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam       TEL 04-3944-7419    www.jpf.org.vn

About Ms. Kanako Yaguchi

Born in 1976, Kanako Yaguchi graduated from the Department of Design at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan. Her current job involves holding individual exhibitions while collaborating with the apparel industry. She also does store and logo design and holds workshops on KIRIGAMI works. Her publications (in English) include The Art of Decorative Paper Stencils 1 & 2 (Quarry Books, 2008, 2009).

See some selected artworks:

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Exhibition The World of KIRIGAMI 4

Exhibition The World of KIRIGAMI 5

Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam
27 Quang Trung
Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Tel: 3944 7419
www.jpf.org.vn

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