Etsy user MrImprov is testing the adage that art is what you can get away with, selling terrible origami for $50,000 or less. Below are some of his reasonably-priced creations.
Celebrate the season with this commemorative pile of shredded paper! Each “snowflake” is folded differently, so the these piles are unique as Mother Nature herself! Terribly made. Continue reading »
If you love origami, then you will love these miniature origami sculptures by Origami Minimal, an artist based in Korea. Her collection of origami is a bit different however, they are unique miniature paper sculptures that have been carefully folded into branded items that we all know and love. Continue reading »
As part of the recent LLUÈRNIA festival of light and fire in Catalonia, collaborators David Oliva of SP25 Arquitectura and Anna Juncà of Atelier 4 created this spectacular flow of lava using common fortune teller origami figures. Over 10,000 folded pieces of paper were needed to create the work that was illuminated from underneath and further brought to life with smoke machines. Continue reading »
When Tel Aviv-based designer Chen Bikovski was growing up she was fascinated by pop-up books, especially engaged with the immersive experience that came with the turn of each page. Interested in transforming this idea to work with her design practice, Bikovski founded Popup Lighting, a series of lamps that turn into magical creatures like deer and peacocks when illuminated. Continue reading »
Based in Paris, Floriane Touitou has a PhD in Physics, but came to realise that her passion lines in origami and creating art with her hands—this epiphany led her to start Florigami, an online store where she sells handcrafted origami animals that are housed in glass bell jars. Continue reading »
This is amazing! Created by a London-based architect and designer with Turkish heritage, Umut Yamac, this is the Perch Light family. The light was originally designed in 2014 as a limited edition of 20, but just recently Yamac created this graceful configuration called the Perch Light Family for Moooi, which launched at Salone del Mobile in Milan. The family of lights features six sculptural lamps of origami birds perched on branches – all made out of synthetic paper, brass, and steel. The best part? The birds on the branch swing when touched. Continue reading »
“Lunar Cycles” is a 49 foot (15m) high and 459 foot (140m) long mural covering the side of a building in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The installation is composed of both tangible origami birds, as well as painted ones to create depth and an element of permanence despite its temporary nature. Installed over 3 weeks, the first step was to paint the entire building black so that the colorful origami birds would really pop. Continue reading »
Master Origami artist and chemistry teacher Adam Tran folds some incredibly beautiful objects with paper. From dinosaurs and skeletons to flowers and warriors, it seems nothing is off limits to his folding abilities. Tran is a member of the Vietnam Origami Group, and you can see many more of his pieces on Flickr. Continue reading »
Surface to Structure: Folded Forms is an exhibition of origami artwork that brings together the work of 88 artists spanning five continents to the The Cooper Union in Manhattan. The 134 works in the show encapsulate a broad spectrum of origami’s possibilities, both artistic and scientific, and push the perceptions of this art form beyond its traditional boundaries.
Surface to Structure marks the 55th anniversary of the very first origami exhibition held in the United States, which was also housed within The Cooper Union. The historic works of that seminal exhibition served as a foundation for the contemporary origami of today, which has progressed into a far greater range and complexity of styles, techniques, and genres.
St. Michael – The Archangel Tran Trung Hieu Vietnam (Photo by Christopher Bierlein)
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Joel Cooper crafts paper masks and geometric shapes using the technique of origami. Cooper’s intricate three dimensional masks are created with a large number of folds out of one sheet of paper. He alternates between bright and muted colors and matte and shiny sheets of paper that all appear earthy in tone. On some of his pieces, his wife has collaborated with him by using painting techniques to enrich color and texture. You can check out more of Cooper’s work on Flickr and purchase available designs via his Etsy shop. He lives in Kansas. Continue reading »
Australian architecture firm LAVA exhibited its inhabitable “Origami Cave” as part of The Emergency Shelter exhibition, which was held in Sydney earlier this month. The exhibition featured architects from around the globe including Ateliers Jean Nouvel, PTW Architects, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Cox, Koichi Takada Architects, Sou Fujimoto and Terunobu Fujimori. Each architect was asked to create a shelter that would not only protect people from the elements during an emergency situation, but would also provide a space that was secure and comfortable in the aftermath of a disaster.
Sydney architecture firm LAVA has recently exhibited its inhabitable “Origami Cave” as part of The Emergency Shelter exhibition (image by LAVA) Continue reading »
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