Origami Could Be A Solution To One Of Space Exploration’s Greatest Problems

When it comes to exploring the vast unknown that is space, one of the biggest problems is, ironically, a lack of space. But now a team of research engineers at Brigham Young University, led by professor Larry Howell, are thinking outside the box to figure out how to get more inside the box and have begun applying origami principles to rigid solar panels. Collaborating with NASA and origami expert Robert Lang, their model origami solar array could be transported into space expand to almost 10 times its stored size once unfolded.

Large Scale Life-Sized Elephant Created From a Single 50 x 50 Ft Piece of Paper

At age 5, Sipho Mabona created his very first paper airplane. By the time he was 20, when he had run out of designs for paper airplanes, he looked to origami to help him visualize more original designs. Now, based in Luzern, Switzerland, Mabona creates beautiful origami designs that have won him many awards and much praise. With the help of a team of 10 people financed by an Indiegogo campaign for $26,000, he was able to turn a single 50 x 50 ft piece of paper into a life-size origami elephant.

Tessellated Masks Folded from One Sheet of Un-cut Paper

These masks may look like complex woven mats of metal or fabric – and that would be impressive – but the truth is even more astounding. Origami artist Joel Cooper uses a folding method called tessellation to create his elaborate masks out of one piece of paper without cutting or glue. His faces have a distinctly geometric form that is otherworldly and beautiful. Yes, this takes practice.

Origami and Pokemon? A Perfect Match!

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Young Canadian artist Jobe Brown has an obsession with fantasy and paper. It’s a happy combination which sees him folding 3D characters from hits like Harry Potter, Spongebob Squarepants and Pokemon in his uniquely patterned style of origami. He’s made a winged Golden Snitch, Mr Krabs and a load of Pokemon characters (gotta catch ’em all!), each one cleverly redesigned to fit the modular methods he uses to create them.

Extraordinary Origami Creatures

1 Nguyen Hung Cuong

At the young age of five, Nguyễn Hùng Cường was first introduced to the art of paper folding. He learned mostly from books and by the age of 10 he began creating his own original designs. As many great origami artists do, Cường challenged himself to use only one piece of paper for most of his designs. He often creates his models on a Vietnamese handmade paper called Dó. Inspired by the techniques of many origami artists before him, Cường joined the community of origami enthusiasts known as Vietnam Origami Group in 2005.

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Starwarigami: Make an X-Wing and Others from Paper

Few things excite the inner Star Wars fan more than the vehicles of that galaxy long ago. Martin Hunt is one of those fans and has spent a considerable amount of time re-creating everything from X-Wings and Tie-Fighters, to AT-AT’s and the Millennium Falcon itself. Hunt has been progressively improving his designs, adding more and more details. His X-wing, which began as a fairly simple design, now sports a cockpit, defined engines and wingtip cannons. It’s so impressive he’s imagined these designs out of one piece of paper, you would think he almost had… the Force…

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A Rainbow of Origami Street-Art

Like rainbows of flowers popping from the walls of the city, Parisian artist Mademoiselle Maurice’s artwork adds color and vibrance to otherwise stark places… and in this case, she does it with folded paper. Unlike any graffiti/street art we’ve seen before, this artist uses hundreds of hand folded origami shapes in various colors to create her staccato of hues across cement and wood walls around the city of Paris. Though her work may at first appear simple and even naive, they soon reveal themselves as beautiful catalysts for our deeper connection to the city surrounding them.