Beauty is only paper deep

Ever since I saw an instillation of massive paper cranes by Rachel Parsons in Room 60, my love of origami seems to have re-emerged. Soon after that day at Room 60, I stumbled across Sipho Mabona’s work.

Mabona is a Swiss origami designer who started off as a paper plane enthusiast but is now world renowned as an origami artist.

Origami in Japanese literally means “folding paper”. So the only rule is you can’t cut or rip the paper, and as far as I can see, Mabona sticks to it.

In particular I love his installations. He seems to pay so much attention to the natural shapes the animal takes so that they almost look real. Insects creep me out but Mabona has many insect works if your into that sort of thing. I can appreciate that they would be very challenging to fold.

Lastly, I leave you with a few of his works that have a strong message. I find them almost disturbing, but I guess that’s the point.

Thanks to Alice’s Blog for introducing me to Mabona’s wonderful world of origami.


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  1. Kat says:

    This is soooo beautiful!

  2. Jade says:

    Oh wow origami is so cool. There are some very talented people in this world!!

  3. noelle noelle says:

    I LOVE these! especially the last 2, and especially because they related to political issues… wonderful article!

  4. Kat says:

    I like the first one best!

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