Mad Skills Monday 003: Hiroko Matsushita and Kyle Henderson

Welcome to Mad Skills Monday, where we will showcase top work from young artists and designers to bring some creative inspiration to beat the post-weekend blues. This week we have some illustration and art in the forms of beautiful paper cutting from Hiroko Matsushita and hand-drawn wonders from Kyle Henderson.

Hiroko Matsushita

Power tool: Craft knife
Power snack: Coffee and biscuits

Hiroko is an artist and illustrator who takes paper cutting to another level by creating fantastic 3D constructs, from gloriously detailed dioramas to decadent cakes and even a sexy chandelier. Her postgraduate projects observe and criticise the way women are viewed in western and Japanese culture.

The first piece, ‘Eat Me’, is a cake made with Adobe Illustrator and a paper cutting machine, inspired by a Japanese saying that women are like Christmas cakes because ‘no-one wants them after the 25th’. This piece observes several themes concerning young women including fashion trends, marriage and cultural stereotypes.

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Japanese Christmas cakes are usually decorated with strawberries. Here they show how identical the fashionistas really are.

Lighting and shadow helps bring out the intricate details of the paper cutting.

Lighting and shadow helps bring out the intricate details of the paper cutting.

Always intent on evolving her work, Hiroko’s final MA work was titled ‘Valued’, featuring an even bigger paper wedding cake addressing more themes and slowly rotating to create a shadowy projection, bringing the dancing figures to life. This was accompanied by an MDF chandelier that takes the theme of female objectification to an almost literal level.

The wedding cake acts as a hierarchy system of society’s views on women, putting brides at the top and sex workers at the bottom.

The wedding cake acts as a hierarchy system of society’s views on women, putting brides at the top and sex workers at the bottom.

Hiroko’s work is heavily influenced by themes of duality, such as light/shadow, 2D/3D and Eastern/Western.

Hiroko’s work is heavily influenced by themes of duality, such as light/shadow, 2D/3D and Eastern/Western.

Women’s bodies are transformed into a fetishistic chandelier. Or maybe a spider waiting to catch their prey…

‘Valued’ as an installation

‘Valued’ as an installation

Another of her amazing pieces is ‘In-Between’, created for the 2012 light-themed ‘Brilliance’ art show in Poole. Paper-cut illustrations were layered in a wooden box and backlit.

‘In-Between’ – daytime view

‘In-Between’ – daytime view

‘In-Between’ – night time view

‘In-Between’ – night time view

Hiroko graduated from BA International Studies in Meiji Gakuin University, Japan, followed by a foundation diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martin’s, London, and MA Illustration at the Arts University Bournemouth. She now works as part of Nomena Inc. in Tokyo and is currently taking part in an artist residency in Mino Paper Art Village – we can’t wait to see what she comes up with. You can see much more of Hiroko’s work on her official site, blog, Behance and Twitter.

Kyle Henderson

Power tool: Pens, lots of them
Power snack: Jam

Kyle Henderson is an emerging illustration talent in London. His style makes use of bold lines and geometric shapes that provide a glimpse of his past as an architect. His skillful renderings of buildings and cityscapes metamorphose into abstract insects and grotesque figures.

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Stunning variety of lines and strokes

 

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Steadmanesque

Kyle was recently featured on Hypebeast, in a series of stunning sketches that give us a glimpse of how he meticulously constructs his images.

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He often draws strange, warped figures

Another recent work is the poster for the upcoming Clapton Festival: a colourful geometric arrangement of familiar buildings and shapes from the Clapton area. Kyle will also be creating a live mural as part of the build-up to the festival.

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Lovely shapes and colours on the Clapton Festival Poster

Kyle has a show coming up at the Hoxton Gallery, which will be the first solo exhibition of his work. It launches on Tuesday 24th September with a private view, then continues til the 29th.

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We heard there’s free booze at the launch party

Definitely one to watch.

Want more Kyle? Visit his website here for plenty more work and follow him on Twitter.

Want us to show off your mad skills? We’re always looking for young creatives, students and graduates to showcase for our Monday feature, so send us an email with some samples or a portfolio link with the subject line “Mad Skills Monday” to team@shellsuitzombie.co.uk and we’ll check you out!

 

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