This work was created for the exhibition “PAPER & TRIAL” organized by TAKEO, a paper trading company. The theme of the exhibition is to make a trial of a paper, to make use of its characteristics and to discover its new charm. We used a paper called KIHOUSHI-FS for the trial. KIHOUSHI means “paper that wraps feelings”. It is white fine paper with a high softwood content that provides strength and warm feeling available in three different textures.
In order to express the concept of KIHOUSHI-FS, the typography of the three Chinese characters “気(KI=feelings)”, “包(HOU=package)” and “紙(SHI=paper)” were made with generous curves. Those were turned into a three-dimensional figure for the poster.
Traditional Japanese hanging scrolls have a long vertical format, but this poster is the exact opposite : it is extremely long and stretched horizontally. I used large rolls of paper to create a poster with no joins. These three large posters were displayed side by side in a large space. People enjoyed looking at the posters from right to left (or left to right) as they walked through the space, following the great flow of energy.