Origami is a very unique art form. When did you first develop an interest for it?
After seeing a great little origami dragon on a website, maybe two years ago, I decided I wanted to try and learn how to make it. It was then that I found out that there was a lot more to origami than I had previously thought. I have been enchanted by folding paper ever since.
How long does it take you on average to create an origami animal?
The times vary wildly from model to model. Some of the more complex ones I've folded took up to 10 hours total, if I include the painting time. There are a few in my gallery that can be done in 20 minutes or less. I have to mention that I am a bit of a slow worker, so my times could easily be beat by a better folder.
You often paint the folding paper, which gives it beautiful texture. What kind paper and paint do you favor?
So far, I have used Acrylic paint from the dollar store, because I already had some and it does the job properly. When I run out of this batch (soon, I fear), I will probably try something else to see if I could get interesting results. The paper I most often use is fairly common origami paper from Yasutomo, I buy it at a local art store. There are several projects for which I used other types of paper, depending of what I can find.
Your origami animals are always well presented, it seems like the pictures were shot in their natural habitat. Do you scout locations before you shoot?
When I have one or a few origami, I try to think of how I'd like them to be shown and then I hunt for locations that could fit. The first few times I did this almost more as an after-thought but, I grew to enjoy it as much as the rest of the process, taking them anywhere from the botanical garden, to the zoo or, just a local park.
I imagine paper creatures scattered through your house, do you keep all the origami creatures that you make or do you often give them away?
I have given away almost every single origami I've ever made. I don't mind giving them away, since I know I can always make them again.
What is your ultimate dream project?
There are some 'super-complex' origami models that I'd like to tackle one day when I am ready. However, I think what would the most satisfying would be to come up with a model to call my own. There have been many instances where I altered models to fit my tastes but, I would like to create one; as I really admire the ones who have this ability.
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