Another artwork form requiring patience is Kirie - Japanese art of paper cutting. Do I have the patience? NO! Art for me are things best left not to temper with.
I wouldn’t think about it even if my life depended on this. The nearest I got to paper cutting was when I was 16. My Art teacher put me in charge of making stain glass windows with cellophane papers to decorate the doorways (four huge arch ways) to our Art Classrooms. I have a little OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) so I was left to supervise the class to complete this massive project - cutting out designs on thick black cardboards and then gluing in with coloured cellophane sheets. We finished the stunning master pieces and the “stained glass” arches glowed and shimmered in our sizzling sun, but at what cost? The entire class with their calloused fingers must have cursed me for life. Then my Mie decides to turn up for the exhibition and goes, “Ohhh my Sassy JAM, they are bea..u..ti...fool. Why don’t you make some for home?" I love my mummie very much. But she never got her stained glass windows! So how does this lady cut such intricate art from paper. She is Masayo Fukuda with more than 25 years experience in kirie.