Mia Yoshihara | ABOUT
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Artist Statement

Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw is a designer and self-taught paper cutting artist living in Seattle, Washington. She created her first paper cut kimono in 2005, soon after graduating with a BFA in design production from Western Washington University. Her early works were inspired by the beauty of Japanese kimonos and vibrancy of chiyogami paper.


Mia’s art combines elements of traditional Japanese paper-cutting (kiri-e), silhouettes and mixed-media collage. Similar to kiri-e, her process involves meticulous attention to detail. Utilizing a razor, silhouettes and patterns are carefully carved to define the form. The piece is then brought to life through a collage of chiyogami, ribbon and other materials.


Mia’s art has been included in group exhibitions in the Seattle area. Her work is available online and in local gallery gift shops.


2005 – BFA in Design Production, Western Washington University

A Cut Above, Sammamish City Hall, Sammamish, WA
Art and Social Change Symposium: Visual Artists Showcase, Maydenbauer Center, Bellevue, WA
Group Show with Meredith Arnold and Chris Nielsen, Gallery at Towne Center, Shoreline Arts Council, Lake Forest Park, WA
Cultural Reflections with Tim Suchsland, Phinney Center Gallery
Jam Fest, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

A Cut Above, ERA Living Lakeshore, Group Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Stocking Stuff Show, The Gallery at Towne Center, Shoreline Arts Council, Lake Forest Park, WA
Jam Fest, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

Jam Fest, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA

Group Show with Jerry Hahn and Mark Skullerud, Mercer Island Community and Event Center Gallery, Mercer Island, WA
Unfolding the Art of Paper, KidPLACE gallery, Wing Luke Museum

Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw Gallery, Storefronts Seattle, Seattle, WA

The Art of Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA
Asian/American: A Tale of New Cultures, Seattle City Hall, Anne Focke Gallery, Seattle, WA
Mercer Island Artwalk, Mercer Island, WA
Reflections of Asia, Asian Celebration, Eugene, OR

First Annual Asian Pacific American Art Exhibit, Seattle Municipal Tower, Seattle, WA
Seattle Chinatown International District Artwalk, Seattle, WA

Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw Art, IMIGRI, Seattle, WA
Grand Opening and Art Show, Natural Salon of Bellevue, Bellevue, WA
Addicted to Art, PONCO Invitational Fine Art Auction, Seattle, WA

Art Opening and Awards, Art Merchant International, Monroe, WA
Downtown Renton Art and Antique Walk, Renton Historical Museum, Renton, WA

A Celebration of Asian-American Artists, International Examiner/Arts, Etc, Seattle, WA

Unfolding the Art of Paper, KidPLACE gallery, Advisory Committee Member, Wing Luke Museum

Flag Book Workshop, AANAPISI Program / Student Services, South Seattle Community College
Triangle Book Workshop, Nikkei Concerns, Seattle, WA

Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw Design, Mercer Island Visual Arts Demonstration, Mercer Island, WA
Book Creation Workshop, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA
Family Fun Day!, Flag Books, Wing Luke Museum, Seattle, WA