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Kaoru Nakano

Kaoru Nakano's Washi (Japanese handmade paper) and silver jewellery appears like coral, some pieces measuring 15 cms in length. Made from the fibre of paper mulberry each of the folds are immersed in glue, rolled by hand and dried. The paper becomes quite stretchable. While many of her designs become brooches others are formed into rings, equally as powerful. And instead of traditional stones, each ring encases hundreds of folds of paper. With some rings, the paper is arranged horizontally while in others its is carefully entwined like the petals of a rose"