Aki Sogabe

(Japanese, born 1945)

Northwest artist Aki Sogabe creates her artworks using "kiri-e," a traditional Japanese technique in which images are constructed through intricately cut paper.

Sogabe was in middle school when she made her first paper-cut artworks. She studied design and illustration at the Japan Art Institute. In 1978, she moved to the U.S. and introduced kiri-e to the Pacific Northwest. She is also as an award-winning children's book illustrator. Her public art is installed in the Pike Place Market (panels showing the history of Japanese American farmers), "Dragon Tower" at Uwajimaya Village, and other sites in Washington State. She lives in Bellevue, Washington.