Art on Display

Kyoko Niikuni Chipmunk, Raven, Kitten, Bunny with Moon, Rooster
Art on Display
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I am an independent artist in the Puget Sound area. I travelled for two years through over 40 countries before choosing to make Washington State my home. I specialize in creating artwork using traditional Japanese Washi paper.

Washi is a beautiful handmade paper, created from the inner fibers of three plants. This paper was introduced to Japan in the early 7th century by Buddhist Monks; it is now a dying Japanese tradition. "Chigiri-e" is a contemporary Japanese art form that starts with exquisite Washi paper that is torn apart and teased into tiny fibers, which are pasted with a brush technique to create a multi-dimensional composition. The finished works have watercolor like appearance, but with a complexity of color and depth that is breathtaking.

The natural beauty for the Pacific Northwest has been my inspiration since 1980. My art has featured native animals and plants, as well as favorites from my own garden. I love capturing the natural splendor around me using exquisite Washi paper.


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