Artist Masayo Fukuda is a master of kirie, a unique style of Japanese paper-cutting art. Though it’s found in a variety of cultures around the globe, the Japanese variant is supposedly derived from religious ceremonies originating in 700 AD. To create her work, Fukuda delicately slices negative space from a single sheet of plain white paper, which is then placed on a black background to reveal the intricate design.
As 2018 comes to a close, Fukuda took to Twitter to showcase what she believes is her best piece of the year: a stunning, layered octopus rendering. With multiple patterns linked throughout, the details almost appear to be rendered in ballpoint pen, but when the artist places her hands beneath the piece it’s clear that the entire creation was neatly cut out from just one frail piece of paper.
Head to Masayo Fukuda’s website for more information and check out more of her work below, including a preview of her exhibition with fellow kirie artist Jun at Osaka’s Miraie Gallery in April 2019.