Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fantastic Origami the Japanese Art of Folding Paper by Sipho

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper.

Wikipedia says:

Origami, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper" is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD and was popularized in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami.

Of course there are many famous Japanese origami artists but today I'd like to introduce to you a famous foreigner who has made a name for himself doing origami. His name is Sipho Mabona and he is a world-famous origami artist who is from Switzerland.

From My Confined Space:
Sipho was the first-ever foreigner to be invited to the Japan Origami Academic Society (JOAS) Convention in 2008 and his work graced the cover of the official magazine.

Sipho Mabona

"The time it takes to make each piece differs from figure to figure. The quickest would probably be a Koi carp, but even that takes me around one hour to fold. On the other hand for things like the praying mantis I took 20 hours of solid folding."

"But designing the models is what takes quite some time usually. That can be anywhere from a day to six months of off and on work."

Sipho's works sell for anywhere from ¥40,000 (about $500 USD) to ¥200,000 (about $2400 USD)

Keywords: Origami, Sipho, Sipho Mabona, Marketing Japan, Mike Rogers

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