Origami comes from the word, Ori, which means “folded,” and we, which means “paper”, were discovered in the 17th century AD in Japan, and have been an art staple of Eastern countries for centuries. Today, artists from all over the world revive origami and give these traditional folds a modern touch and fresh concept.
Contemporary origami artists are constantly looking to develop new fold patterns and different shapes from sheets of paper. They trace the boundaries of the form that can be created from a paper.
Let’s look at contemporary artists who bring paper folding art to a more complex stage.
An impressive characteristic of this South African man is his mini-scale origami works. In 2014, he ran a 365-day work project via Instagram which he named #MiniatureGami. Adorable animals, fantasy creatures, movie characters, and brand icons, all assembled one day for a year. Imagine the concentration needed to achieve this small and detailed origami.
Talking about origami in the street art field means talking about Mademoiselle Maurice. This French artist consistently brings his origami works adorn the road. In the past few years, Mademoiselle has been spreading her origami installation in various corners of the earth. Recorded more than 20 countries and 40 cities through a list that was reported via his personal website. Some of his origins have a beautiful, colorful appearance, inviting a positive aura, but on the one hand, his work represents his restlessness and disappointment in man’s arbitrary behavior towards the earth.
In 2015, paper artist Cristian Marianciuc set an ambitious goal: he wanted to complete 1,000 origami storks in 1,000 days. Since this goal was achieved, Cristian continued to make storks, he did not stop, instead the details in his work were increasingly complicated and experimental. Without pressure fill the quota or meet the deadline; after escaping the challenge of 1,000 days, the new Cristian stork featured more serious details, varied use of colors, and an imaginative approach to traditional origami.
Ekaterina ‘Kate ‘Lukasheva
Kate’s first approach to paper folding began at the age of 14, when a mathematics professor brought a book about Kusudama. He realized that traditional paper folding techniques needed an understanding of a mathematical science. After several years, he managed to get a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and programming. The knowledge he gained gave him influence as an origami artist. Through his experiments and commitments, he is now known as complicated folds and geometric patterns; a lot of use of mathematics in Kate’s origami.
This Vietnamese artist is known as fine fold lines; forming elegant arches for his origins. With the use of white and semi-abstract shapes that are simple, very expressive and classy at the same time, Giang provides its own tranquility for the audience. Check out Guang Dinh’s elegant origami portfolio through its official website