Gimme Origami!

August 9th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment

Origami is the art of paper folding. It came from the word “ori” which means folding and “kami” meaning, paper. It started in the 17th century AD and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid 1900s and has since then, evolved into modern art form. We’re all used to seeing Japanese paper cranes in art classes. It’s been so common that almost anyone can actually do it. However, it takes hours, even days to create bigger and complex pieces. Here are some pieces from artists who have truly mastered the art of paper folding:

It took over 40 hours for Satoshi Kamiya of Japan to produce this 8-inch tall Eastern dragon or ryuu. Now that’s what you call patience. See more of his work in his personal website.

Another artist, Dan McPharlin, from Adelaide, Australia made classic vintage synthesizers made of paper of different colors. He formed keys, knobs and faders, like those which were available and made in the 1970s by Moog, Korg, ARP Instruments and Roland.

Meanwhile, Ingrid Siliakus, a paper artist/architect from The Netherlands, made the Oalici del marques de Salamanca using paper.

Self-proclaimed money-folder, Won park, created this koi fish out of a dollar bill.

French origami master, Eric Joisel created this snail out of a wet-folded rectangular paper.

Finally, this paper art was created in the Czech Republic for a bookstore, which according to artists, delivered a powerful message to promote reading.

Photos by Satoshi Kamiya and ChaCha

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