In 2016, we wrote about Japanese artist Chie Hitotsuyama and her magnificent animal sculptures made from rolled strips of newspaper. In 2018, Great Big Story caught up with the artist who spoke firsthand about her family background with paper, her inspiration to recreate these incredible creatures and how she goes about doing so.
In her grandfather’s old paper-braiding factory, she creates lifelike sculptures of animals by using old newspaper rolled and twisted into intricate shapes. Through a detailed process gleaned in part from her family’s tradition, Hitotsuyama breathes new life into paper waste—taking recycling to a whole new level.
Here are some newer works by Chie Hitotsuyama.