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Kota Hiratsuka is a Japanese paper engineer that has been exploring origami by manipulating paper into these beautiful geometrical formed mosaics. He also has them for sale on his site Origami Mosaics, be sure to check them out!
Jun Mitani is a professor of computer science at the University of Tsukuba who has an incredible knack for paper folding. With the help of algorithms and computer software that he’s developed, he is able to create these 3D origami pieces. Check out the many different folds and shapes he has come up with below.
Japan-based company Monomatopee, has created origami-inspired scarves that are able to transform into inflatable geometric forms. The scarves originally come packed flat and can be inflated by simply blowing air into them. The fabric itself feels like paper and can then be shaped how you like along their textile triangles to make different shapes, such as a bow-tie or round floral bud. The scarfs retail for 11,500 yen, which is around $150 USD.Continue reading
Nerhol is the collaborative work of Yoshihisa Tanaka and Ryuta Iida, who come from backgrounds in graphic design and fine art respectively, in an effort to deepen the concepts behind their art and experiment in opening up new possibilities for artistic expression.
“Started in ’99, this is my life work. I individually cut single sheets of paper by free-hand and stack them together. The work consists of positive or negative shapes. I am trying to embody relationships among humans, time and nature.” — Noriko Ambe
“Only by folding one piece of paper an expressive masterpiece can be created. This is the Japanese way of folding.In order to link the past with future generations regarding the form of folding, I do not limit myself to the category of origami but consider the pursuit of any possibility of folding paper.” — Yuko Nishimura
Takayuki Hori has created this stunning series entitled ‘Oritsunagumono’ (translated as ‘things folded and connected’) which is a collection of origami works designed to highlight the environmental threat of pollution to a number of species native to Japan’s coastal waterways.
Yo Shimada is a designer from Tato Architects where his recent installation project ‘Post-It Structures’ was manifested in cooperation with students of Kyoto University of Art and Design. It is now on show at the gallery artzone in kyoto city, the installation was composed of 30 thousand cells of post-its in bright, fluorescent colors that were adhered to one another to form building components, the result being a wall-like structure running through the gallery.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the exhibition Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Japanese Art at Japan Society in New York, which will be running until June 12. I highly recommend seeing it if you happen to be in the area, it was incredible! They are also donating 50% of all proceeds from ticket sales to relief efforts in Japan. While I was there I also was able see the incredible new work by japanese paper cut artist Tomoko Shioyasu entitled “Vortex” shown above and directly below in detail.
If you have been to New York then I’m hoping that you have been to Coney Island, and if not then you should head on over and at least ride the infamous Cyclone. Be warned, if your not game for some whiplash and laughs then I wouldn’t assume your ready for it! Continue reading