Welcome to Chigirie.com

Chigirie by Joan Mead-Matsui artist is an online art gallery and learning site designed for anyone who has a desire to learn Chigirie, Japanese Torn Paper Collage art. 

I joined the ranks of contemporary artists when I began practicing Chigirie 20 years ago. There were no instruction books printed in English, so I taught myself by studying the illustrations in Japanese books I purchased through an Asian bookstore. My journey with Japanese paper craft began following a month-long trip to Japan in 1993. My first stop along my path to creative bliss was Origami and that’s when I quit my day job and set up my business, Mrs. Matsui’s Origami (handmade paper creations).

Nearly 20 years ago, Chigirie.com was one of the premiere sites on the web to offer original Japanese torn paper collage art. Offers to teach this traditional art form led me to share my craft at schools, senior and community centers. Folks of all ages delighted in trying their hands at creating collages using finely-crafted handmade paper as the medium.

What do I love about Japanese paper collage?

While I greatly admire anyone who can paint with watercolors, oils and acrylic mediums, I haven’t found a genre I enjoy more than “painting with paper.” Supplies are minimal and non-caustic, with no messy chemicals or paint soaked brushes to clean. Chigirie is a timeless art, deeply rooted in the traditions of Japanese art and culture.

If you have a desire to learn to create gorgeous, watercolor-like collages, look no further. Use the contact form on the sidebar to pre-register for my upcoming classes. Be sure to let me know if you’re interested in beginner, intermediate or advanced classes and if you’ve ever practiced Chigirie.

Chigirie.com is currently under construction but when completed, you’ll find a secure online art gallery, where you can buy framed art, Japanese-inspired gifts and classes that will inspire you to learn at your own pace. Once you learn the fundamentals of Japanese collage art, I can bet you’ll lose yourself as you create your own signature pieces.

Thanks for stopping by my site and I hope you’ll be among the first visitors who sign up for my newsletter.

Best regards,

Joan Mead-Matsui