Yuki Kitazumi, the art of collage

Yuki Kitazumi is a Japanese illustrator, an awarded designer and a talented artist. Besides her delightful illustrations and drawings, she also creates captivating collages. I wanted to know more about it and her process. Full of poetry and subtle colours, she creates still lifes, sceneries and other stunning mini worlds; she kindly accepted to answer my questions…

Can you introduce yourself and explain how did you end up into illustration and graphic design ?

I am a freelance illustrator based in Tokyo. After graduating from ”Setsu mode seminar” I worked on product development at a shoes retail company. Since I was a child I have always wanted to be an illustrator and I started working as one at the age of 27.

I am particularly interested in your collage that I absolutely love. When did you start to make collage ? What was your primary inspiration ?

I think that I started collage about four years ago in 2014.
I was drawing a picture diary and was making collages for fun. When I showed a portfolio to a graphic designer, he said that my collage works were very good and I should do more… That’s my story.

Can you tell us about the process of making a collage ?

Firstly, I draw a small rough sketch and consider the composition. Based on the sketch, I will make drafts on the actual size. Then, I trace it on the collage paper and cut it with a cutter. Finally I paint with acrylic or gouache and paste with glue. It is very simple and it does not require a PC!

What do you want to express or tell through them ?

Even if I draw familiar things with the collage technique, I like it because it has an unrealistic atmosphere. And I want to express narrative things.

Can you share with us, your inspirations or mentor ? Who are your favourite artists?

I am inspired by nature, the crowd of the city, watching the news on internet etc… There are many! Keisuke Serizawa, Kuniyoshi Utagawa, Takeshi Motai, Peter Doig, Jockum NordstromMarie Hall Ets, Balthus, very many!

Can you give an advice for those who want to start making collage ?

What you think is inconvenient and failures may produce unexpected texture. Please enjoy coincidence.

Check her Tumblr HERE

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