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Learn the unique art of Japanese paper cutting art

This spring, you are invited to enjoy a relaxing workshop, immersing yourself in Japanese culture and learning a unique Japanese art form. Some of the workshops will be dedicated to making Christmas cards and decorations. See details below.

Presented by Robyn Cottew of, this interactive workshop is suitable for all, even those who don't think they are artistic or creative. Students often find this art form relaxing and meditative and the only skill required is enthusiasm.

Japanese Paper Cutting Art consists of cutting layers of different papers to reveal designs and Robyn learnt this traditional art form when she lived in Yamagata Ken and in Tokyo for six and a half years.

Robyn is a qualified Interior Designer, whose career has taken many turns. She has travelled extensively through Japan and is fascinated by Japanese culture and traditional crafts. This interest led to her setting up a webshop,, which sells unique and high-quality Japanese designed goods which otherwise don't get global exposure.

Whilst is Tokyo, Robyn met Yamamoto Hiromi San, who taught her Japanese Paper Cutting Art. Yamamoto San's style is a unique version of kirigame (traditional paper cutting) and Robyn became an assistant teacher under her guidance.

Yamamoto San gifted Robyn with designs which told stories about Japanese culture and upon her return to Melbourne, she has continued to develop her skills. Her work often utilises Japanese washi paper and chiyogami (patterned paper), coloured paper, fabric, sequins and diamantes and has been exhibited at the Japanese Consulate in Melbourne, the Japanese Festival in Box Hill, and is currently on display in Fuji Tei Restaurant.

All are welcome to come along and take part in this immersive Japanese culture experience.

Upcoming workshops in Melbourne are noted below:

Guild of Objects, 35 Smith Street, Collingwood. Workshop, Japanese tea and snacks included. 11am to 1.30pm on Fridays. 2pm to 4.30pm on Saturdays. $80

  • Saturday 1st September

  • Friday 12th October

  • Friday 16th November

    Fuji Tei Restaurant, 17 Wellington Street, St Kilda. Workshop and Japanese lunch included. 10.30am to 1.30pm. $80

  • Saturday 8th September

  • For kids - Wednesday 3rd October

  • Saturday 20th October

  • Saturday 10th November (Christmas cards/decorations)

    Kami Paper Shop, 217 Brunswick street, Fitzroy. Workshop, tea and cake included. 10am to 12.30pm. $88

  • Sunday 30th September

    Malvern Artists Society, 1297 - 1299 High Street, Malvern. Workshop and Green tea included.

  • Wednesday 10th and 17th October, two sessions, 9.45am to 12.30pm. $130

  • Tuesday 23rd and 30th October, evening - two sessions 7pm to 9pm. $120

  • Tuesday 13th November, evening session 7pm to 9pm. $65

  • Tuesday 20th November, evening session 7pm to 9pm. $65 (Christmas cards/decorations)

    Bookings are essential and places are limited. Secure your place today by emailing or call 0414 906 677.

    For more information on Robyn and Japanese Paper Cutting Art, please visit

    If you are unable to attend the upcoming events, keep an eye on the website for future dates.

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    When: Various dates
    Phone: 0414 906677
    Where: St Kilda, Fitzroy, Collingwood, Malvern
    Cost: $80 - $88
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