This past March to August, I was happy to be part of the international exhibition of paper art at the Jaffa Museum in Israel, titled "Paper: Folded | Cut | Crumpled". The exhibition, curated by Paul Jackson, aimed to display the multitude of art forms that could be created from paper, and their diverse modes of artistic expression. Besides some of my favourite origami artists like Robert Lang and Giang Dinh, my eyes were opened by kinds of other paper art, from the architectural paper sculptures of Christina Lihan to the paper coil collages of Moshe Gordon. My own contribution was my Double Happiness origami model, featured in my origami design gallery. I'm glad it could play a part towards expanding the general public's horizons regarding the possibilities of the humble sheet of paper!
Double Happiness (left) displayed at the Jaffa Museum
Check out the other amazing art pieces in the Jaffa Museum's abums below! Vincent Floderer's haunting "sea creatures" fashioned out of crumpled paper are some of my favourites.
As part of my effort to expose myself to more art, today I attended Art Stage Singapore, which showcased more than 130 galleries' worth of art, mostly from the Asia-Pacific region. The six hours that I had weren't nearly enough for me to experience all of the art pieces there. Here's some of the pieces that I liked:
Unfortunately I could only attribute some of the pieces, but all rights belong to the respective artists.
I also liked Malaysian artist Haslin Ismail's "Book Land", which cuts and assembles parts of books and other materials to form castles of fantasy and dioramas that bring the books' contents to life.
I improvised this design in class using an envelope that was lying around.
I liked being able to use the flap of the envelope as part of the nun's gown - so I was using the envelope "fully" and not simply as a rectangular sheet of paper!
Thinking back, I was probably inspired by Vietnamese origami master Giang Dinh's evocative abstract human figures:
You must check out his achingly beautiful origami faces, animals and figures. I saw his gorgeous work in a book of photographs from an origami exhibition, titled Masters of Origami: At Hanger-7.
One of my earliest designs, born from a brainwave on creating hexagonal cells from a square grid:
One uncut square, designed in 2007.
Look out for the origami event of the year! Origami Singapore together with NLB is organising an exhibition “Origami : From Traditional to Modern”, which will be a roving exhibition travelling to 3 public libraries. See traditional models as well as the latest complex origami models from around the world including fantasy creatures, animals, insects and geometrical models. More than 200 models will be on display, including the largest collection of models by local designers so far. Come and learn how to fold your own origami models at the public workshops too!