Once she got back to Japan, Yuko started to experiment with different textures, materials and methods. As she had been working with paper since she was a child, it was natural that this was the material she ended up using. She wanted an easy-to-use material with many possibilities and, importantly, one that she could make three dimensional. She also wanted the light to flow through the artwork in a certain way, so she tried traditional Japanese rice paper at first, only to discover it only let light through when it was wet. 1986 was the year Yuko first came across tracing paper, and she has been using it ever since.
– I tried out a lot of different things. I made small triangles, cubes and circles and then sewed them together with a fish line in order to make something three-dimensional. Back then, I could only make simple figures, but now, I can make complicated things that, for example, look like a triangle from one side and a globe from the other. I’ve worked with tracing paper for over 30 years - and my skills have definitely developed over time, Yuko says.