March 10, 2021

Chinese Paper Cutting

Paper cutting, also known as paper carving, is a kind of hollow-out art. 

It is one of the oldest folk arts of the Han nationality in China, giving people a sense of transparency and visual artistic enjoyment.
 
Paper-cutting is a folk art form with a long history and widely spread in the countryside of China.
 
Paper cutting is to use scissors to cut paper into all kinds of patterns, such as window flowers, wall flowers, ceiling flowers, lanterns, etc.
 
The emergence and spread of this folk art is closely related to the festival customs in rural China. On New Year's Day or wedding day, the Chinese character “喜”(Meaning "happiness")is often posted on doors, windows or walls.
 
Paper cutting is a traditional folk craft of the Han nationality. It has a long history and never lost its appeal. It is a treasure of Chinese folk art as well as world art.
 
The simple, vivid and interesting artistic modeling has a unique charm.
 
Its characteristics are mainly shown in the two-dimensional space, with a sense of knife and paper, and shown in the lines and decoration, the freehand brushwork and the implication, and many other aspects.
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Western Paper-Cutting
of knife and paper, and shown in the lines and decoration, the freehand brushwork and the implication, and many other aspects.
Paper-cut was introduced to Europe from China in the 16th and 17th centuries, and then to the United States, Australia and to almost every western country, gradually forming western schools.
 
Different from Chinese paper-cutting, when it was first introduced into Europe, it was an artistic creation of women of high social status in their spare time. 
Different from Chinese paper-cutting, when it was first introduced into Europe, it was an artistic creation of women of high social status in their spare time.
 
Japanese Paper Cutting in New Way
Souma, a folk artist of three-dimensional paper-cut from Japan, finished most of her works with only white paper as the background and the main content, a break-through for the traditional paper cutting on plane. Each work, by the author's elaborate design and making use of the properties of the paper, leaves the right amount of white space and emphasizes the details such as the hair, exibits stereo feeling of rich layers, making each papercut look like a beautiful painting.
 
Even details are so perfect!
 
Even the flying feathers are made by paper cuttting.
 
Paper-cut can even be a lampshade.
 
This paper-cut work can be opened and closed.
 
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