Japanese artist KUBO Shu, will be in Singapore to conduct a workshop on the traditional art of Japanese paper cutting, also known as Kirié. Kirié is a traditional art technique, where paper is finely cut with an art knife. The workshop is organised to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Japan-Singapore Diplomatic Relations, accompanying the exhibition of selected works by the artist.
In his work, KUBO Shu uses washi, a handmade traditional Japanese paper primarily made from raw plant materials to create a strong yet soft paper with a fine texture. He layers multiple sheets of washi to create original and vivid colour schemes. Heavily involved in the revival of the elegant art form, KUBO Shu has begun exploring multimedia by incorporating other materials such as acrylic paint, sand and cloth into his work. The combination of other materials foreign to the art constitutes an updating of the artistic tradition for a modern time, and adds a fascinating twist to his paper cuts.
His attraction to Kirié lies in the specific technique and use of materials that work together to create the pristine cut lines that characterise Kirié art pieces. As an architecture student, KUBO Shu fell in love with paper as a medium, and began making building models out of cut paper.
This art workshop is a part of the Singapore Arts Club International programme. Singapore Arts Club International is the current art engagement project of Arnoldii Arts Club, featuring artist talks, workshops and other art engagement events. This event is co-hosted by the Japanese Creative Center (JCC) and organised in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Japan-Singapore Diplomatic Relations.
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26 October 2016, 3 – 4PM
27 October 2016, 12 – 1PM
Venue: The Arts House
When: 26 - 27 Oct 2016,
By: The Arts House