The Papercut Art Of Masayo Fukuda / ISBN 9784336065926 / a 134-page book, 7.5 x 10.5 inches, flex-hardcover with jacket / published by Kokushokankokai
Kirie is the Japanese art of papercutting, and Masayo Fukuda is a true master of the technique. She made her first forays into the art form when she was still in high school, and for almost 30 years since has immersed herself in creating supremely delicate and finely detailed works. Her motifs are often inspired by the natural world, whereby she depicts stunning sea creatures like jellyfish, cephalopods, and various deep-sea fishes, or land dwellers like the peacock, cassowary, chameleon, gecko, and various butterflies and other insects. Her more recent works are larger and incorporate elements from both traditional Japanese and contemporary Western art, with floral and art nouveau patterns.