In an incredible feat of miniature art, Yumiko Matsui has recreated the city of Tokyo using little more than colored paper and a bit of water-based glue! Based in NYC and born in Osaka, Matsui's major artistic influences are her memories of returning to her hometown from a trip to discover miniature paper houses crafted with love by her auntie. By folding pieces of colored paper, Yumiko Matsui recreates the landscape of her childhood tinted with a warm veil of nostalgia.
A self-taught paper artist, Yumiko Matsui has created detailed scenes of daily life in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Her tiny detailed works aims to preserve the atmosphere of the old Tokyo she remembers from her childhood. A small store selling food on the street, soaring buildings emblazoned with advertising, and teahouses have all been represented using humble paper.
A row of houses and shops on Denpo-in Street is both beautiful and nostalgic. But Matsui’s first piece was based on Osaka because she really missed her parents and felt she could feel closer to them by recreating her hometown. The artist has also crafted a detailed collection of ‘Shibuya girls‘ that add a human touch to her poetic, humble environments.
Photos by © Gustavo Rocha