invention, then discovery

While living in Beijing, I couldn’t resist experimenting with the readily available red-dyed rice paper, whose delicate but long fibers were perfect for folding and unfolding without tearing. Paper was invented in China and this paper is used in the Chinese folk art of papercutting. With scissors and without a mentor, I invented my own style. Years later, I would discover that I was experimenting with the ancient Japanese traditional art of kirigami.

kirigami by Jessica Bibbee
Complementary Tea Party (red rice paper, 6.5 x 6.5 inches) © 2016 Jessica Bibbee


In 2016, I wanted to introduce the Graphic Design Club to Kirigami — and this three-hour workshop was born. Advising on material choice, tools, and techniques, I guided participants to explore their own style.