http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahoko_Kojima Nahoko Kojima (小島 奈保子) is a professional contemporary Japanese paper cut artist, born in Hyogo, Japan on 2 October 1981. She started Kirie (Japanese Papercutting) under private tutelage at the age of 5 and continued throughout her formative years. In 1999 she moved to Tokyo and in 2004 she graduated from a degree in Design at Kuwasawa Institute. An avid follower of fashion and trends, she found much of her inspiration in the city. She briefly pursued a career in Graphic Design in Tokyo before moving to London in 2005 to learn more of the Western culture of the Arts. Her first solo Paper Cut show in London exhibited the five senses collection at the Epicurean Lounge in 2007. By 2009 she was cutting professionally, filling the Exposure Gallery in Central London with over 100 paper cuts some from her time in Tokyo with the majority cut in London. In 2010, Kojima opened her studio in Central London and started working on multiple works including the Majestic Birds, Kiku Flowers Collection, the full colour Alice Collection, based on the book by Lewis Carroll and numerous commissions, selling works mostly to private collectors and members of the public attending her Open Studio events. In 2011 She co-founded Solo & Kojima in Clerkenwell, a Company specialising in Paper Cut Art and Design consultation. In 2012 Kojima was successful in being selected by the Craft Council for Collect, at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The piece unveiled at the show was a new experiment which saw Paper Cuts being treated as sculpture, challenging established views. Kojima is known to create one-off designs that are never duplicated and for Collect she showed just one piece, the life-sized Cloud Leopard, one hand-cut sheet of black paper, suspended from the ceiling in a manner that created a sculptural representation of the animal intertwined with narrative and hidden characters. It took five months to complete and the piece was very successful because of Kojima's pioneering technique, turning traditionally flat wall hung pieces into sculptures floating in exhibition halls. The Cloud Leopard toured in Europe in partnership with the Italian cultural organisation Arte&Arte;, showing at Villa Olmo in Como Italy, Le Beffroi in Paris and was part of Clerkenwell Design Week in London 2013. In 2013 Nahoko was awarded the Jerwood Makers Open commission for which she proposed her next major Paper Cut Sculpture. This piece was unveiled in the same year, taking 7 months to make and was called Byaku (meaning 'white' in Japanese), a handmade life-sized Swimming Polar Bear cut using only one 3m x 3m sheet of white Japanese washi paper.
Nahoko's ArtPrize Entries
These are Nahoko's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Nahoko's Past Work
These are images of past work that Nahoko has done.