Join guest artist Hiromi Moneyhun to create a unique piece of kirie (paper cut) artwork. Be introduced to her intricate style and her inspiration to create her whimsical and bold artwork. Learn special cutting techniques and get the chance to create your own paper cut artwork to take home. In December, participants will create a one-of-a-kind kirie holiday ornament for their home or to gift to someone special.
A kyo uchiwa is a type of traditional Japanese paddle fan from Kyoto. The designs that appear in a kyo uchiwa are traditional Japanese scenery, plants, and changing seasons. In February, create a Florida-inspired kyo uchiwa of your own. Workshop tools and materials will be provided for the participants to use.
- Session 1: 10:00am – 12:30pm
- Session 2: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
- Workshop 1 Saturday, December 7, 2019 (Holiday Ornament)
- Workshop 2 Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Florida-style Kyo Uchiwa fan)
- $60 per session
- $10 (cash payable to the instructor)
- Oki Education Center
Meet Your Instructor
Paper cut artist Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun is a native of Kyoto, Japan. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida, in 2004. Since 2012, Hiromi and her hand cut paper sculptures have been written about in every major publication in the Jacksonville area, including the city’s largest newspaper, the Florida Times Union. She was chosen by Huffington Post for a feature article as one of only four artists nationwide from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s 2014-2015 show, State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. Hiromi received attention in her native Japan when she appeared as the subject of a syndicated Japanese television show. Her work has appeared numerous times in northeast Florida in group and solo shows, New York City, London, and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
She began drawing at a young age, and by her teen years had developed a style of her own. With no formal art training, Hiromi has evolved a unique homegrown artistic voice that combines traditional Japanese visual art forms with the super-modernity that is now found in all of Japan’s biggest cities.
Her most significant early influence was ehon, a general term given to Japanese picture books, especially those that featured images taken from original paper cuts by Giro Takihira, who was also known as a woodblock print artist. As with woodblock prints, Hiromi’s paper sculptures are the result of a multistep process that produces an art that is at once amusingly lighthearted and startlingly alive. Her pieces invite the viewer in; indeed, one feels compelled to reach out and touch the art. Like the works of all the great masters, Hiromi’s pieces are best appreciated when viewed in person. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries, including the Morikami Museum in 2016.