Seattle Day Trip: Folding Paper Exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum

July 26, 2014

Folding Paper origamai exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum

Folding Paper origami exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum

Yesterday I travelled by bus across Lake Washington to see the origami exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum, which is an easy stroll from the Bellevue Transit Center.   The exhibit, “Folding Paper: Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” runs through September 21st.  I love papercraft of all kinds, and this exhibit showcases the intricacies and magic of folded paper.  Many of the pieces on display were constructed from a single sheet of paper.  I can’t begin to comprehend the vision, engineering skills, and artistry needed to create such amazing art objects.  I was astounded and delighted by these imaginative works.

Paper dress and shoes

Paper dress and shoes

Pli Selon Pli No. 2 by Koshiro Hatori

Pli Selon Pli No. 2 by Koshiro Hatori

Twirl Rhombuses by Kystuna and Wojtek Burczyk

Twirl Rhombuses by Kystuna and Wojtek Burczyk

The Plague by Siphon Nabone

The Plague by Siphon Nabone

Square Limpets by Polly Verity

Square Limpets by Polly Verity

Giotto's Circle by Andrea Russo

Giotto’s Circle by Andrea Russo

Frog on a Leaf by Bernie Peyton

Frog on a Leaf by Bernie Peyton

Mother and Child by Christine Edison

Mother and Child by Christine Edison

The staircase at the Bellevue Arts Museum is very origami-like, too, don't you agree?

The staircase at the Bellevue Arts Museum is very origami-like, too, don’t you agree?

I learned that paper folding has real-life applications that go way beyond creating art objects.  Scientists who want to transport large objects, like sun shields or telescope lenses, into space might engineer a folded apparatus to save space during the haul, only to be unfolded at its destination in space.  Or doctors might transport tiny folded repair materials through a blood vessel, to be unfolded and applied as a heart stent.  Think of the miraculous properties of the air bags in your car — another piece of origami-like engineering.

You can read more about the origami in this exhibit in a book, Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami by Meher McArthur and Robert J. Lang.

 

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6 Responses to “Seattle Day Trip: Folding Paper Exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum”

  1. fingerwerk Says:

    Paper is so amazing!

  2. shoreacres Says:

    I managed an origami heart last valentine’s day. It took me three years of trying. For one thing, I don’t seem able to see in 3-D, or whatever it is. These are just amazing, and I’m sending the link to your post to my origami guru post-haste!

  3. Bellezza Says:

    Here via Shoreacre’s invitation, and so glad to see the origami pictures you posted! I use origami in my classroom as often as I can, and the children love it. They don’t even know they’re using listening skills as well as Math. I wish I could wear the dress and shoes pictured here the first day of school! 😉

    • Rosemary Says:

      Welcome! The dress was amazing. It reminded me of some of the creations on Project Runway — those where the contestants use “unconventional” materials. Very clever and high fashion, too.

  4. Mary Kendall Says:

    Beautiful photographs. Origami is so fascinating. There is a movie about contemporary masters on Netflix that I watched (can’t recall the name offhand) that made me realize it’s a whole world unto itself. And it all begins with a single piece of paper and a vision. Lovely.


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