Mayuko Fujino is a self-taught paper cutout and stencil artist from Japan based in the Hudson Valley, NY. Inspired by traditional Japanese stencil textiles and the Mingei Japanese folk art movement, she has been practicing art since 1999.
(Profile pic (C) Luke Franke, National Audubon Society)
Rego asked Mayuko to rescue her from the street in Queens, NY. Since then she has worked at the studio. She stays indoors and loves backyard bird-watching.
My works have been exhibited internationally at locations such as Megumi Ogita Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), the Old Jaffa Museum (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark (Copenhagen, Denmark), and Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA), and featured in a book which introduces 25 of the world's top papercraft artists written and compiled by noted papercraft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve entitled Paper Cut: An Exploration Into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration.
My past clients include: New York City’s Department of Transportation, NYC Parks, The Resurgence Trust, Greenup Magazine, Atlantic Magazine, and National Audubon Society.
All of my pieces are hand-painted with stencils which I hand-cut. This means every piece is unique and slightly different from the others.
Workflow (watch the video below to see it in action)
1. create a draft
2. cut the stencil
3. paint using the stencil
I used to make paper-cutout art but switched to stencil painting a few years ago. It allows me to re-create the same composition several times which helps me keep the prices of my pieces affordable. I believe craftsmanship shouldn't be only for those who are wealthy and I like printmaking as a means of democratizing art.