From the Japanese words "kiru" (to cut) and "kami" (paper).

The Japanese paper art of kirigami is similar to origami in many aspects, however with one primary difference: Kirigami allows skillful cutting AND folding of the paper. In traditional origami art, it is frowned upon to cut the paper or use more than one sheet, but in kirigami this is part of the art!

Have you ever made a paper snowflake? If so, you've made kirigami too!

In the United States, the term "kirigami" was coined by Florence Temko. She used the word kirigami in the title of her book, Kirigami, the Creative Art of Papercutting, 1962. The book was so successful that the word kirigami was accepted as the name for the art of paper cutting.

Modern Sliceform Kirigami Art

While some kirigami is cut by hand, much of the modern sliceform kirigami art you see today is laser cut with high-precision lasercutting machines. These machines can make hundreds of individual cuts each minute on a single sheet of paper.

​Thanks to this revolutionary technology, PopLife's sliceform kirigami artists and 3D modeling designers can work together to create intricate paper art like we've never seen before.

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Kirigami Books of Interest:

  • Kirigami: The Art of 3-dimensional Paper Cutting by Laura Badalucco
  • Origami and Kirigami: 75 Fun-to-Do Projects by Florence Temko
  • Kirigami - Basic Design (Kirigami) by Joyce Hwang
  • And more!

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