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Abstract Origami Is More Than Crumpled Paper

Keiko Mori makes ephemeral origami sculptures that don't hold form for long—but their impermanence makes them beautiful.
Images courtesy the artist

The casual folds in Keiko Mori's flower-inspired origami sculptures are a far cry from the crisp creases of Robert Lang or Ross Symons' paper crafts. Mori tells The Creators Projecct her folding process is "loose and fun," almost like abstract painting, as she relies on a paper stock that doesn't hold it's form for long. "During the shoot they were always changing so fast," she explains.

She continues, "I wondered if people would just perceive them as crumpled paper. Which they are in a way… But if you stop looking and start seeing them, you let that thought go and you notice how delicate they are. And you start trying to make something out of them. Like what we do with clouds."


This series, produced by elegant Japanese design company Kilo Industries, is simply titled Origami, and was paritally inspired by Tokyo's falling cherry blossoms. "Flowers become petals that become trash. Like origami becoming crumpled paper… At one point we started pinning the little paper pieces on the windows. And looking at them against the concrete buildings far away," she Mori explains. "The buildings to me are 'proper' origami. Mine are more like the clouds above them."

See more of Keiko Mori's abstract origami on Kilo Industries' website.


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