We’re pretty sure even a machine wouldn’t be able to cut finer lines!

Kirie, the Japanese art of paper cutting, requires only a piece of paper and a sharp blade. If you want to make an impressive piece of work though, you’ll also need a very steady hand, lots of time, and even more patience. Judging from her most recent work, which went viral shortly after being shared on Twitter, kirie artist @shi112 has all the above!

“I’ve focused on cutting the letters for three hours. I’m getting pretty tired of it.”

Over the course of a week, she used a cutting blade to carve out insanely fine lines and very intricate details into a sheet of black origami paper.


The end result – a mind-blowingly beautiful work of art, featuring a passage from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland surrounded by details that seem too delicate to have been done by hand.

“I made lace-like kirie from a passage of Alice in Wonderland…”

The internet’s reaction was nothing short of awe and amazement:

“Amazing. Now THIS is art.”
“Are…are you sure you’re human?”
“I know I can’t sum it up in one word but for now all I can say is, awesome!”

“I’m blown away by how beautiful and intricate it is.”
“This is so amazing! I want to see the real thing.”

Well, if you will be in Tokyo around the end of July, you have the chance to see it for yourself! @shi112’s kirie will be on display at the Art Imagine Gallery from July 21 to 25 and from the 28 to August 1. Even if you can’t make it to the exhibition, be sure to follow @shi112 on Twitter to see more of her amazing work!

Gallery information
Art Imagine / アートイマジン
Address: Tokyo-to Kunitachi-shi Higashi 1-15-33 Hirose Bld 5F
東京都国立市東1-15-33 広西ビル5F
Open: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. / Tuesdays 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Closed on Wednesdays)

Source and images: Twitter/@shi112