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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.
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!Artist Transforms Well-Known Products Into Origami Miniatures seen first on on Strictlypaper
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.
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.
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.
Born in Poland, but later a transplant into London 13 years ago to pursue his passion of art and music, Airborne Mark is a graffiti artist by day, a rapper by night. His street art is truly unique because he incorporates origami as the underlying theme in both his art and his music. As you can see from the video, he starts with a folded origami piece, in this instance from the classic Hayao Miyazaki film, My Neighbor Totoro, and then begins the process of redefining that piece on his new canvas... the streets of London. I love that he is able to reimagine the original origami piece, while also still incorporating all of the shading and tonality of the folds and creases as he paints.
Australian based textile artist and designer Liz Sofield is a New Zealander whose passion is sparked by the very old and the new, from Tapa Cloths of the Pacific Islands and the beautiful art of origami and that is clearly shown in her delicate works. With the use of a simple medium such as thread and paper, Liz is able to develop her artwork as a tactile and contemplative process that expresses her love of patterns and geometry and it translates so beautifully once folded and transformed into these stunning works of art.
French street artist Mademoiselle Maurice latest work, Lunar Cycles, is a large-scale installation comprising of 15,000 colorful origami birds in Paris’ 13th arrondissement. Created in collaboration with Mathgoth Gallery, the celestial-inspired artwork spans an area of over 2,000 square meters and is the biggest urban mural ever created in the French capital.
More commonly then not if you are from the states, like myself, you are more accustomed to seeing currency in only one color for the most part, green. However, as far as international currency is concerned it can range in a wide variety of colors. Now, who would have thought you could create something so beautiful as Kristi Malakoff has created with these unique money sculptures. In her series entitled "Money Pieces" she utilizes that wide spectrum of colors, from currency all over the globe, to produce these awe-inspiring and intricate origami works of flowers and dimensional polygons.
Today on this New Year's Eve I would like to give you the first installment of many to come, the 20 Best Paper Art Works of 2013. What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year than by reflecting on some of the astounding projects that I have had the pleasure of featuring on Strictlypaper. Below are the most appreciated posts of 2013 in such categories as Animation, Fashion, Product Design, Installations, Quilled Art, Book Art, Cardboard Works, and last but definitely not least Origami.