The leaf pictured at the top of this post isn’t a leaf at all. It’s made of paper and is an exquisite example of the Japanese art of papercutting is called Kirie (切り絵, meaning ‘cut paper’). All of the extraordinarily delicate examples of the Kirie seen here were handmade by a self-taught Japanese artist named Akira Nagaya, whose skills were first discovered about 30 years ago while he was working in a sushi shop.
"One of his first tasks was to learn sasabaran, a technique to create decorations by cutting slices into bamboo leaves. Back at home, and recalling his boss’s demonstration, Nagaya tried to practice using paper and a utility knife. He found that the technique came quite naturally, and he enjoyed doing it.”
Years later Nagaya was still making his intricate paper objects when he opened his very own restaurant and decided to display his kirie “for fun.” When a local newspaper showed up to review his restaurant they spotted his creations and encouraged him to display them in a gallery.
“That was the first time I even considered what I had been doing as art,” recalls Nagaya.
Head over to Akira Nagaya’s Facebook page to check out many more of his marvelous cut paper creations.
[via Spoon & Tamago]
“I got both of them from local shelters. When I got her in 2006, the staff told me she was a shepherd husky. I go to the dog park, I’m meeting people with shepherd husky mixes, and they look nothing like her. I get in my car, I’m driving, I look in the rearview mirror, I see these eyes and I’m like, I’ve got a wolf in my car. Then, when she was 10-months old, there was a shepherd breeder and trainer in the dog park, and at the end of the lesson, the trainer came up to me and asked, ‘What kind of dog is that?’ And I’m thinking, Shepherd husky. You should know, you are a breeder. She said, ‘That’s a wolf.’”
Thats mildly hilarious
Here are some of the Eliza concepts I did that show up in the game in one form or another. She’s fun to do concepts for ;w;/
A reminder to those in Los Angeles for Anime Expo! (I apologize, I might make another post soon, with a map!)
I will be in artist alley! Stop by if you can.
You can find me (o_8) at table D39.
Persona and Black will be at table D40.
Animoose will be at table D41 with Brokentrain
EU03 will be at D40.
Kinuko will be at table C66 with Tyson Hesse.
We will also have a Skullgirls panel on Saturday July 5th.
Time: 6:15 PM
See you there!
"Bedivere, Kay. A new prospective night will be arriving in three days. I trust you two to make sure they feel welcome. A tournament shall be held in honor of their coming."-Arthur
The difference between Kay and Bedivere.
Sorry for poor quality. I’ll touch it up later.
Amazing Jurassic Park cosplay. I’m dying. Via Gamma Squad.
omg the video of them going around the con is HILARIOUS
Go faster. Must go faster.
This is the true spirit of cosplay
a full grown man riding in a Power Wheel modified to look like a Jurassic Park truck
with a lady in a raptor suit chasing him all over the convention
everyone else go home.