Adam Tran creates stunning artworks by folding paper.

Pterosaur skeleton - origami art
Pterosaur skeleton – Adam Tran

This is just something too good to be true. Personally, I had never realised how much was really possibly with the Japanese art form of origami. After coming across these work of arts I decided to dig deeper and get a better understanding of the art form and I’d like to share it with you!

It turns out (unbeknown to me) that the art of paper folding didn’t only start in Japan but also other East Asia countries and even Europe. To this date, it is unknown whether they all started because of a common source or rather more coincidental. There really is quite a lot of unknowns surrounding origami. The name for example, connects two smaller Japanese words: “oru”, meaning to fold, and “kami”, meaning paper. But prior to ‘origami’ the art of paper folding was known by a variety of names, including “orikata”, “orisue”, “orimono”, “tatamigami” and more. It’s unknown why origami was selected, although, many do speculate it has to do with the written characters being easier to write. But really… Who knows?

I decided to share some of this history with you (all stuff you could find by simply googling) because I find it interesting. Interesting… because of the unknown’s in the origins, which really is like a piece of origami. You see the final piece and wonder what really happened to create it. You can speculate but really only the artist knows the correct fold lines and order.

Anyone… Here is a small (but stunning) collection of origami works by Adam Tran. Most of these are done with one uncut sheet of paper. Which only adds to how amazing these are. You can view more of his work on flickr.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you were able to learn something.

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