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Paper Folding as Soul Expression


Fluid. Movement. Meditation.

“Japanese people unconsciously experience the action of folding on a daily basis, and therefore encounter various folded forms. I think there must be a special meaning for Japanese people through this everyday practice of folding. A particular charm occurs in the simplicity with which the expression appears, having never been touched by any tool. Only by folding one piece of paper can an expressive masterpiece be created. This is the Japanese way of folding.

In order to link the past with future generations regarding the form of folding, I do not limit myself to the category of origami but consider the pursuit of any possibility of folding paper. To express the Japanese soul through form will continue to be passed down from generation to generation as a tangency between culture and art.”

- Yuko Nishimura

Artist Yuko Nishimura fuses origami and origata (Japanese gift wrapping) to create stunning works of 3D paper art. In 2008, Nadine had the great opportunity to spend time with Ms. Nishimura. Out of this collaboration came our series Yuko-Ori, which is inspired by the precision and expressiveness of Yuko Nishimura’s paper tessellations. We’ve tried to capture these transcendental properties of paper folding in each and every Yuko-Ori book.

To learn more about this art form, please visit Yuko Nishimura's website.