I credit origami artist Sipho Mabona with raising my artistic awareness. I don’t know why it never occurred to me that there was an Origami Academic Society or professional origami artists for that matter – but there is and there are. Swiss born Sipho Mabona started playing around with paper at the age of 5 and now he’s breaking records, winning awards and gracing the cover of the Origami Academic Society of Japan’s official magazine.
Once again he’s blown our minds using the ‘artistic potential’ of one 15 meters by 15 meters (50 by 50 feet) uncut square sheet of paper. With the help of internet crowd funding site Indiegogo he raised over 26,000 dollars to help create a huge, life-sized elephant that stands over 3 meters high (10 feet tall) in the museum KKLB (Kunst und Kulturzentrum Beromünster) in Beromünster, Switzerland. The elephant took Mabona and a team of over a dozen people four weeks to complete. The evolution of paper to sculpture was streamed live to allow people to witness the process.
Wanna Learn Something New?
You can watch origami tutorials on Mabona’s site here.
Artist, Erin M Riley’s weaved portraits of Selfies are generally a window into a newer expression of female identity – grappling with issues on how women perceive themselves and how we want others to see us. Her new solo show Crimson Landslide at Philadelphia Gallery, Space 1026 definitely shows off the continued mastery of her craft – the detailing on her pieces always becoming more complex. Though Crimson’s imagery might make some uncomfortable, peering into a more personal dialogue on the habits, objects of regimen, necessities and stresses of women’s everyday lives – it’s a truer sense of the things we can’t control via our smartphone cameras.
I can honestly say I didn’t know I would find art in the middle of a toilet paper roll. But there’s no denying this is amazingly intricate business.
Parisian Artist & Illustrator, Anatassia Elias is creating these tiny worlds with manicure scissors, a cutter and tweezers – carving paper shapes in the same color as the roll. Notice how she makes use of the natural light to enhance the scenes.