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Origami has within it all the possibilities we associate with creative art. — Akira Yoshizawa, origami grandmaster

"To a non-folder, it’s difficult to explain what happens between the initial idea and the finished model. The creation process is similar to the scientific method. When designing a figure of a person, one begins with the assumption that the four corners of the paper will represent each hand and foot. From that general assumption, a crease pattern is developed that functions as a blueprint of all the folds required for the model. These crease patterns may be modified while the model takes shape. Some of my first creations took 5 to 6 years to finally develop into final fold patterns. Now, years later, the process is a little easier.

I try to respect the traditional rules of origami, using only one piece of paper and never cutting. The important element for me is modeling the paper. For me, that’s the nearest thing to sculpture. I have a deep respect for ‘pure origami,’ with its flat surfaces and nice, geometrical conception — but as you can tell by looking at my models, I am much more interested in making my models look alive, which requires volume, curved creases, and much sculpting. Mirroring life requires curves, not straight lines.”

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