Monday, June 15, 2009

Kamikara


(All pictures copyright of Haruki Nakamura. Reproduced for review purposes only.)

The other day, I was in the Kinokuniya bookstore on the east side of Shinjuku station, and I noticed this book of paper-cutout artwork - Kamikara (which I think means "from paper"). Beside the book were individual packets of paper with cutout animals (one packet was for a bear, another for a penguin, etc.) The packets were about 700 yen each ($7) and the book, which apparently just came out last March, is 1900 yen ($19). The figures are fairly complex and are on several sheets of paper each. The book has 12 figures, plus photos of creator Haruki Nakamura's other works.



The interlocking gear heart and the clock gears are especially cool, although I also like the MC Escher lizard cube (each lizard is a separate section of the cube). Beyond his main Geocities page, Nakamura also has a blog, but it doesn't look like it's been updated since 2008.



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