Category Archives: origami

Origami-like Inflatable Structures That Can Revolutionize The Future

Origami-like Inflatable Structures That Can Revolutionize The Future - Aeromorphs

Filling something with air is a useful way of transforming an object—provided you can do so precisely. We see it in something as simple as a balloon or even the airbag in your car. The students at MIT's Tangible Media Group have created Aeromorphs, a new technology that creates origami-like inflatables that can transform in unique ways when filled with air, opening the door to new kinds of toys, wearables, packaging methods, safety systems, and much more.

Top 20 Most Popular Posts of 2016

Top 20 Most Popular Posts of 2016

The year has finally come to a close and the new year is upon us... Goodbye 2016, not gonna miss ya! I will however say that I look forward to all of the new art projects and paper artists that will pour into 2017. So let's take a look back to the 20 most popular posts from 2016, which span categories such as handcrafted paper sculptures, colorful installations, intricate origami, whimsical set designs, animations with projection mapping and so much more! Happy New Year from Strictlypaper!

10 Star Wars Paper Projects to Celebrate Rogue One Movie Release

10 Star Wars Paper Projects to Celebrate Rogue One Movie Release - Paper Darth Vader by Lobulo Design

You have already probably guessed that I'm a big Star Wars fan, so in lieu of the new movie "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" coming into the box office, I have decided to do a post highlighting some amazing paper craft works that I have stumbled across in the past months. Oh say for instance this Paper Darth featured above that showcases some pretty stellar quilling skills by Lobulo, showing bad old Darth in all his glory, quite literally. Also included in this post is a mixed media cardboard AT-AT Walker, a papercraft Millennium Falcon, an origami TIE Fighter, paper portraits of the Star Wars characters and so much more!

A Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of Birds

A Kinetic Sculpture Revealing the Movements of An Invisible Flock of Birds

If you are looking a video that will completely soothe you after a stressful day, 'Diffusion Choir' is just the one you are looking for. It showcases a kinetic sculpture commissioned by Biomed Realty for its building at 650 East Kendall Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sosolimited partnered with Plebian Design and Hypersonic to design, program, and fabricate this unique paper installation. The sculpture itself celebrates the organic beauty of collaboration by visualizing the movements of an invisible flock of birds. 400 folding elements comprised of Tyvek form a hanging volume in the sunlit atrium. Each element can independently open and close, controlled by custom software running a flocking algorithm.

An Artist’s Journey To 1000 Origami Paper Cranes

Cristian Marianciuc's Journey To 1000 Origami Paper Cranes

The orizuru, or paper crane, is a design considered to be the most classic of all Japanese origami. It is a representation of the Japanese red-crowned crane which has a special significance in Japanese culture and a thousand orizuru strung together is called senbazuru, meaning "thousand cranes". Artist Cristian Marianciuc has taken this timeless and traditional creation and has embarked on a journey himself, where he has been folding and decorating one origami paper crane for each day of the year with its purpose to serve as a personal yet public daily journal, capturing his daily events and feelings. He began this project January 1st, 2015, and his works include a wide array of paper cranes adorned with flowers, cartoon characters, paint daubs, beads, or transformations into ornate creatures such as butterflies or even architectural structures like the Thiên Mu Pagoda from Vietnam (pictured above). All in all these beautiful structures are beyond astounding and the sheer patience and creativity it takes to create just one of these unique paper birds is breathtaking.

Cosmic Surgery: Origami Portraits by Alma Haser

Cosmic Surgery: Origami Portraits by Alma Haser

London based, German photographer Alma Haser has an all too familiar portrait series entitled Cosmic Surgery, which we saw a glimpse of previously. This collection includes newer portraits specifically for PULSE Miami Beach. Her works have a process made up of three distinct stages. Firstly Alma photographs her sitter, then prints multiple images of the subjects face and folds them into a complicated origami modular construction, which then gets placed back onto the original face of the portrait. Finally the whole piece is re-photographed.

Her works will be on display during PULSE Miami Beach at the De Soto Gallery, Booth N-302 through December 31, 2016, so be sure to check it out and maybe I will see you there! You can also grab her new pop-up book featuring this series, which has some really nice origami pop-ups toward the back, as you can see in the video below.

Cosmic Surgery: Origami Portraits by Alma Haser seen first on on Strictlypaper

Laser Cut Pop Up Kirigami Cards of Landmarks from New York, Paris and London

Laser Cut Pop Up Kirigami Cards of Landmarks from London - Tower Bridge

With over a decade of experience working as a graphic designer in leading branding agencies around the world, London based artist Judy Robinson decided to create something purely for the love of creating. With her passion for papercraft and a love of sophisticated minimalist design Paper Tango was born. Little did she know that her pop-up creations made in her small bedroom in North London would, through the encouragement of family and friends, grow into an international creative business. These kirigami pop-up cards are of landmarks from New York, Paris and London, which have been intricately laser cut and individually hand folded and trimmed. The card is A4 size and made from premium Italian paper and UK paper stocks. Be sure to check out the entire collection on Paper Tango.

Folding Paper EcoHelmet Wins James Dyson Design Award

Folding Paper EcoHelmet Wins James Dyson Design Award

When it comes to life-saving protective gear, “collapsible” doesn’t seem like a word you’d want to hear, but this folding bike helmet just won this year’s James Dyson Design Award for its unique design and unusual strength. In particular, the helmet has a unique expanding honeycomb configuration comprised of thick paper to protect the head from impact. The EcoHelmet designed by industrial designer Isis Shiffer makes it easy for a commuter to carry a bike helmet anywhere they go, particularly when traveling in urban centers and making use of rented bikes. Shiffer has created a low-cost helmet to address difficult and expensive need to buy or rent a helmet while traveling overseas, where bike rentals are common but helmets are a completely different story.

Artist Folds Beautifully Intricate Origami Tessellations Reminiscent of Sea Creatures

Artist Folds Beautifully Intricate Origami Tessellations Reminiscent of Sea Creatures

Goran Konjevod is a mathematician and theoretical computer scientist, currently based in California, who has taken his origami hobby to the next level by exploring new and original works. These delicate and minimal works are abstract shapes naturally formed by the tension of the paper when multiple layers are arranged according to their regular or irregular patterns — in a sense, they're organically discovered rather than invented or designed. These unique pleat tessellations have been developed from a single urform discovered by fellow origami artist Paul Jackson. The beauty that is presented in each reminds me of the creatures you would find winding and twirling in the bottom of the sea, each having their own defined grace and movement.

Nendo’s Un-Printed Material Exhibition Pays Tribute to Paper Without Using It

Nendo's Un-Printed Material Exhibition Pays Tribute to Paper Without Using It

For Creation Gallery G8 — a gallery dedicated mostly to graphic design — Japanese design Studio Nendo is exhibiting ‘Un-Printed Material’, a show paying tribute to paper without using it. For a space that exhibits the work of people who use paper as a medium, this proposal follows Oki Sato’s idea of having a ‘poster exhibition without posters’. These abstract versions of paper reduce it to the minimal form of only an outline. What's unique about these pieces, is that they have been both 3D-printed and molded by hand to better achieve the life-like quality of paper itself.