Category Archives: origami

The Master of Folds: A NASA Physicist Turned Origami Artist [Video]

The Master of Folds: A NASA Physicist Turned Origami Artist Robert Lang

Robert J. Lang is an American physicist who is also one of the foremost origami artists and theorists in the world. He is known for his complex and elegant designs, most notably of insects and animals. In 2001 he quit his job at NASA to focus his passion: the art of paper folding. With a deep understanding of mathematics and materials, Lang’s origami designs have been incorporated into everything from spacecraft to airbags. His works aren’t limited to functional objects, he’s also produced a wide range of original artworks that have been exhibited around the world. The Great Big Story recently sat down with Lang for this brief interview.

Life-sized Iron Man Papercraft for Silicon Valley Comic Con

Life-sized Iron Man Papercraft by Owen Gildersleeve

For the love of paper folding, this may be from a while back, but it's pretty awesome! British paper artist Owen Gildersleeve in collaboration with Thomas Forsyth were approached by the organizers of the Silicon Valley Comic Con to create a life-size paper sculpture of Iron Man for their first event at the 30,000 capacity San Jose Convention Centre. The model was built in separate parts in London over a four week period and then the individual components were shipped out to San Jose, California, where we pieced the model together live at the show over the course of the three day event. The sheer amount of time and effort that went into this papercraft is absolutely mind boggling.

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Origami Bulletproof Shield… Say What?! [Video]

Origami Bulletproof Shield For Police [Video]

Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, doesn't seem like it could help stop bullets. But mechanical engineers at Brigham Young University have developed a new ballistic shield design for law enforcement officers that incorporates origami-inspired structures—and can stop bullets from a .44 Magnum, one of the most powerful handguns!

New Mesmerizing Geometric Paper Sculptures from Matthew Shlian

New Mesmerizing Geometric Paper Sculptures from Matthew Shlian January 26 - March 2, 2017

Paper artist Matthew Shlian is well known for having a knack for paper engineering, producing precisely folded geometric works that are composed of mesmerizing tessellations. As stated in our interview with him, "I now work with scientists using paper engineering as a way to understand the flexible nature of micro-structures. A symbiotic relationship has developed between my collaboration with researchers and my artistic practice."

Shlian’s solo exhibition TELEMETRY, which explores the intersection between science and art has been on display for the past month at Florida Gulf Coast University and runs through March 2, 2017. You can see more of his intricately folded work on his Instagram and Facebook.

Ceramic Origami Plates and Dishware by Moij Design

Ceramic Origami Plates and Dishware by Moij Design

Hamburg-based ceramic artist Angelina Erhorn of Moij Design creates incredible ceramic dishware that mimics the forms created by folded and unfolded origami paper. Her minimal designs include plates, espresso cups, and vases all covered with delicate creases and the occasional stained geometric elements. You can see more of her work on Instagram and some of her pieces are available on Etsy.

Artist Transforms Well-Known Products Into Origami Miniatures

Artist Creates Well-Known Products as Minimal Origami Miniatures - Adidas Shoes

One thing I love, origami! I mean, we have all seen what you can do with origami, from complex tessellations to the traditional paper crane. If you love origami too, 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. For instance the classic pair of Adidas on a mini shoebox shown above, or a Polaroid camera after it has just taken a snap, and even a mini Vespa, and so much more!

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New Beautiful Paper Reliefs That Form Intricate Mandalas by Jacky Cheng

Beautiful Paper Reliefs That Form Intricate Mandalas by Jacky Cheng

We learned a great deal about Australian paper relief artist Jacky Cheng in our past interview, from how she learned joss paper folding from her grandma to her idea of the greatest invention ever made. Her works are nothing short of breathtaking and utilize meticulous care in their creation. Multiple layers are carefully cut and placed on top of one another and sometimes folded and interlocked to reveal gorgeous mandalas.

New Beautiful Paper Reliefs That Form Intricate Mandalas by Jacky Cheng seen first on on Strictlypaper

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!