Insects. Made of paper.
September 16, 2007 7:46 AM   Subscribe

What would make origami cool? Insects, of course! Click "写真の一覧" for thumbnails.

The artists name might be Taketori, but I can't read kanji well enough to tell you.
posted by Citizen Premier (12 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So, I just saw some more information about this guy's art the other day - he has his own web page, but I can't seem to find it now for the life of me.

It's realistic insect art, but it's not really origami, at least in a normal sense of the word; the heavy use of cutting puts it into a category that's closer to papercraft (or pepakura) than to origami. Still, it's a fascinating bit of paper art, regardless.

To see some realistic origami insects, made without any cutting from a square piece of paper, try the following links from Sipho Mabona and Brian Chan: That last one is a flying katydid, which I swear looks like it's a real live insect- down to all the creases and folds in the body.

I'm not sure why insects are such a popular subject? I prefer mammals myself...

Thanks for the paper art link, Citizen Premier!
posted by EricGjerde at 8:31 AM on September 16, 2007

What do you mean "make origami cool?" Origami's fucking awesome!
posted by Kattullus at 8:32 AM on September 16, 2007

It would be even cooler if they were candy bar wrappers, too.
posted by DenOfSizer at 8:38 AM on September 16, 2007

Click the who what now?
posted by baphomet at 8:57 AM on September 16, 2007

You know what would make insects cool? Origami, of course!
posted by DU at 9:14 AM on September 16, 2007

yea. i definitely prefer the paper kind.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 9:20 AM on September 16, 2007

An old friend of mine from Santa Cruz was really into folding origami insects... takes a lot of patience to fold those things. I can make a pretty sweet origami boulder, but that is about it.
posted by rodo at 10:00 AM on September 16, 2007

This is why I love MeFi.
posted by caddis at 10:22 AM on September 16, 2007

As featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Robert Lang is one of the best in America. See all types of creatures from insects to mythical animals, to plants, etc.
posted by Atreides at 11:05 AM on September 16, 2007

For the more competitive side of origami check out The Japanese Tradition.
Be sure not to miss the match between the masters (about 2 min into the video).
posted by sour cream at 11:49 AM on September 16, 2007

the 'japanese tradition' reminded me at times of 'silent library'. dunno.

i would like to learn how to make some origami bugs tho.
posted by fuzzypantalones at 7:19 PM on September 16, 2007

Origami makes origami cool.
posted by philomathoholic at 10:52 PM on September 16, 2007

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