Mayuko Fukino is a self-taught papercut artist from Tokyo currently based in New York City, who combines paper cutting with collage to create these truly unique and intricate illustrations.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and has worked on commission for various clientele. On Roadside Scholar she tells us about her inspiration:
â€œi think what inspires me most are the challenging technical restrictions of paper cutout. sometimes when i have an idea it does not fall within the conventional rules for my methodâ€¦ and when i see something then the rules decide 1) if i can actually craft it or not and 2) how to go about making it. itâ€™s fun for me to see how far i can go within the limitations. to do that, i always have to make the best use of inventiveness, and sometimes unexpected ideas occur. sometimes i think it almost acts like a guide for me to understand the world. and of course music (like moondog) and literature inspire me a lot. a sound body with storing of memory in five senses.â€
Images: Courtesy of Mayuko Fujino.