A Japanese artist is using traditional artisanal craft techniques to create compelling bamboo insects that have developed a devoted following online.
Uses chikusei (bamboo crafting), Noriyuki Saitoh uploads photos of his insects to social media and to his website. He also tweets images of his intricately detailed bamboo insects, which are typically shared and reposted hundreds of times.
For a good selection of Saitoh's bamboo insect creations, see his most recent Twitter New Year's card, addressed to his followers, with photos of bamboo paper wasps, a mantis, a beetle, damselflies and a cicada:
Wish you and your family the best for 2016! pic.twitter.com/AWmQzXizwi
— BAMBOO INSECTS 昆虫竹細工 (@noriji_s) December 31, 2015
Thanks for all of your follows, RTs, and likes over the past year. You all inspire me to do everything I do.
Detailed photo essays of Saitoh's creations can also be found on his Facebook page.
Saitoh is careful to point out that his creations are intended to be art, rather than accurate models of insects:
My insect creations are not intended to be realistic. Since I'm not using specimens or replicas. I'm not aiming for accuracy in proportion, but instead I'm focused on the detail, impression of, and feel of the bamboo insect.
While the bamboo insects may not be entirely accurate, the skillful attention to detail elevates the bamboo creations:
— BAMBOO INSECTS 昆虫竹細工 (@noriji_s) December 13, 2015
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The paper wasps [Polistes jokahamae] are complete!! I have uploaded to my website: https://t.co/KoPEwTWGJu
— BAMBOO INSECTS 昆虫竹細工 (@noriji_s) March 17, 2016
I have uploaded photos of my completed orchid mantis [Hymenopus coronatus] to my website: https://t.co/KoPEwTWGJu
— BAMBOO INSECTS 昆虫竹細工 (@noriji_s) February 8, 2016
Photos of the completed golden flangetail dragonfly [Sinictinogomphus clavatus]: https://t.co/KoPEwTWGJu
— BAMBOO INSECTS 昆虫竹細工 (@noriji_s) May 5, 2016
Stag beetle [Cyclommatus elaphus]
Saitoh's account on Twitter and his website also explain the step-by-step process he uses to make and assemble his bamboo insects.
— BAMBOO INSECTS 昆虫竹細工 (@noriji_s) January 6, 2016
Dragonfly wings are completed.
On YouTube, Saitoh has also shared a video showing how he made his dragonfly wings: