Michele Yamaguma creates mixed media collages using Japanese washi, art papers, leaves, bamboo, paint, and threads.
These original pieces have traditional themes with a contemporary touch. Each original piece involves many steps using origami (paper folding), kirigami (paper cutting), or chigiri-e (torn paper).
All natural elements such as bamboo and leaves are real and preserved with acrylic colors. Paint strokes add movement to the composition and the addition of metallic threads continue that sense.