Curriculum Makerspace

Exploring paper craft in Chigiri-e: A Japanese Paper Art

Chigiri-e is a Japanese art form that uses hand made and hand dyed Japanese paper called washi to create images, transforming into beautiful pieces of art.

I am always on the lookout for a new activity for our Lunchbox Craft space. I found this class in a Weekend hobbyists newsletter , and wanted to know more!

Kirie is the Japanese art of paper cutting and Chigirie is a Japanese art form in which the primary technique uses coloured paper (washi) that is torn to create images. The technique dates from the Heian period of Japanese history.

Essential equipment  Choose papers and colours  The project is under way  Simple, individual, engaging and very satisfying to create

Crafting opportunities in the Maker Space:

I am excited to be adding this craft to my program for The Lunchbox Club. I have gathered 6 kits of equipment, and prepared the templates to be cut and torn as required.

I am expecting that the boys will find it very engaging and somewhat relaxing for a lunchtime library activity. The materials are manageable for storage and allow for some self paced project work.
There is plenty of scope for creativity!

Ongoing and detailed workers can create a full picture over a number of weeks, while experimenting and exploring the technique can be accomplished in a short time with the card or garland activity. The skill is exacting, and gives a lovely insight into the culture of Japanese art techniques.

Curriculum connections:

This craft skill has a long Japanese history. The Instructor has even conducted the class instruction in Japanese as poart of the school’s Language lessons. However, in our Maker Space, we will firstly immerse in the skills and techniques that make the craft so unique, and then experiment and create a project to share.

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