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Kyoko Niikuni (Washington)

Washi artist Kyoko Niikuni has mastered several traditional Japanese paper art forms. She grew up in Japan but now lives outside Seattle on land surrounded by an old growth forest. Kyoko uses the plant and animal life of the Pacific Northwest as inspiration for many of her detailed kiri-e (cut paper) designs. She makes her boxes and books completely from scratch, covering them with chiyogami, a type of handmade washi paper that has been printed with designs. Kyoko is shown here with her daughter Maika Takanohara.