Nahoko Kojima: floating on a cloud (leopard)…

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24/06/2013 by Sarah Ritchie

Nahoko Kajima Cloud Leopard

Nahoko Kajima “Cloud Leopard” (2013)

I used to say if you didn’t want to work nightshift, you shouldn’t get into nursing; or if you couldn’t handle copious quantities of stress, then you shouldn’t become a graphic designer. I can now add to my proffered wisdom that if you do not possess highly refined levels of patience, then you should not become a professional paper cut artist.

Imagine five long months of staring at the same single sheet of black paper, making the finest of cuts with your ultra-thin, Japan-sourced scalpel blade. You may battle hand cramps and eye strain, but you forge on because in the canvas of your mind you picture a 3-dimensional marvel that you can only fully convey to others once the piece is finished and floating.

Congratulations (and a complimentary hand massage) goes out to Nahoko Kojima, the London-based paper cut artist who has created this beautiful, yet unconventional, “sculpture” entitled “Cloud Leopard”.

‘Patience’ would merely be one of the many descriptors dwelling inside of Nahoko Kojima. We can also glimpse ‘accuracy’, ‘artist’, ‘engineer’ and ‘poet’.

Here is a short documentary video about “Cloud Leopard” and the artistic visionary that is Nahoko Kojima.


When I was a child I would lie down on my back on the grass and draw the underside of flowers. I think when we discover a hidden beauty, we leave our bodies and look on ourselves, the object and environment, all as one lovely epiphany.” Nahoko Kojima


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