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Artist profile: Chie Hitotsuyama

Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama transforms strips of newspaper into stunning three dimensional animal sculptures.

“I make small, twisted paper strips by moistening newspapers cut into thin rectangles and twisting them by hand. I change the thickness of those paper strips according to the body parts. Their tone is an important factor, too. Creating a red monkey face starts with looking for paper with red print in a huge volume of newspapers. Red can be in many shades. On top of that, letters are printed in black or gray in the great majority of newspaper pages. Twisting such pages, I’m aiming to achieve expressions of color, including gradations.”

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