Nature has been our greatest inspiration for thousands of years when it comes to art. From the cave paintings up until the amazing creations of modern time our greatest ideas usually came from observing our surroundings. Kate Kato, A.K.A. Kasasagi Paper Art is a great example of this. The balans between realism and personal expressionism she creates is just magical. Kate’s inspiring pieces are created mainly from paper and some are made from cloth. The sculptures are typically built to accurately reflect the size of their subject. Each is constructed out of recycled bits of paper that Kato tints with natural dyes. Sculptures from her exhibitions vary from plant life and fungi to various selections of insects.
My main source of inspiration is the outside! I live in the Welsh valleys quite far away from any cities so there is a lot of wild life and plants all around me which I am out and about in every day. I have always been fascinated by the natural world. A love instilled in me at a young age, and documenting what I discover has become my main motivation for creating my work. My sculptures are mainly influenced by plants and insects which I create as either life size or enlarged versions of my subject.
The main reason for the techniques that I mainly use to create is because I enjoy those processes. I work mainly with paper as this is a medium I have loved and used since I began my creative practice. I have tried learning lots of different skills during my career. But manipulating paper and embroidering are the two skills I enjoyed learning the most. These techniques I have practiced alot so have become two of the main techniques used in my work.
I am about to start a busy month of art fairs but have plans to start increasing the number of bugs in my collection once it’s over! I want to start finding some of the more weird and wonderful insects to recreate!
Can I get my own piece of Kasasagi Paper Art?
And the answer is yes! Kate Kato works hard preparing her new exhibitions. Her plan is to introduce number of fresh stuff you guys will enjoy. Her shop will be filled with exciting new material soon. Other than that, Kasasagi offers her outstanding talents via commisional work.
Visual content courtesy of Kasasagi.