The Work of Yumiko Matsui

February 8, 2016 2016年2月8日

Yumiko Matsui is a Japanese artist that creates intricate miniature worlds out of paper. She was originally a painter, but that changed after she made a visit to her aunt’s house in 2006. Yumiko was greatly inspired by the paper dollhouses that her aunt was building with her husband at the time. Since then, Yumiko has been completely fascinated with using paper to create miniature three-dimensional cities and objects.


Creating these elaborate city replicas requires a lot of prior planning. She revealed that a considerable amount of time is invested in doing research before the actual production process begins. Once the cutting, folding, and gluing begins, it will still require many more months to fully complete. Her large city replicas can take up to six months to make.


Her first paper creation was of Osaka, her hometown. Despite it being her first piece of work using paper as the medium, it still consists of mind-boggling details. She took her time and carefully reconstructed every single tiny shop, restaurants, and cafes, in order to replicate their real-life counterpart as closely as possible. To date, she has also reconstructed the Tokyo that she remembers from her youth, as well as recreating a replica of Coney Island before it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. She has also produced several surreal locations that previously only existed in the depths of her imagination.


Yumiko is currently working on a paper portrait series of her favorite celebrities. She plans on publishing that series solely through social media upon completion. Her motivation in making these paper dioramas is rather simple – she loves to see the smiles on people’s faces when they experience her creations and she firmly believes in the power of spreading joy.




Contributor: David Yen
Images Courtesy of Gustavo Rocha, Jeff Goldberg, Akihiro Sakai & Junko Kitano



寄稿者:David Yen
Images Courtesy of Gustavo Rocha, Jeff Goldberg, Akihiro Sakai & Junko Kitano