Origami Art - More Fun Than Folding Laundry


If you’ve ever attempted origami before, you know that it can sometimes be hard to do. All those difficult folds and creases…it can drive a person crazy! However, Giang Dinh is an artist that creates elaborate and unique creations out of just plain old paper.

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Origami is defined as the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds). By using a small number of folds, a variety of intricate designs can be created.

When Giang Dinh was young, his parents bought him an origami book. The book was lost after the Vietnam War in 1975, but Giang still remembered some of the basic models. After moving to the United States and graduating from college, Giang was in a bookstore and saw the same book his parents had bought him almost 20 years earlier. He immediately bought the book and took up origami again.

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After folding models from books, he eventually moved on to create his own paper models.

“To me, origami = paper sculpture.  Inspiration can come from many sources, from modern sculptures to paintings, Zen paintings, graphic design, other origami artists’ works and what I read and listen...” says Giang.

His technique is to wet fold most of his models by using watercolor or handmade paper. He has won awards for his work and has been featured in a number of exhibitions. In 1996 he won the Award for Excellence at the 11th Annual International Competition of Architectural Illustration.

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Since I have no artistic talent whatsoever, if I tried to make one of these designs it would probably end up looking like I crumpled up a piece of paper and threw it on a table. Hmm…I wonder if I could do that and call it art? It certainly wouldn’t look as good as these pieces, but I may be on to something here.

Copyrighted images used with permission. Visit Giang Dinh's website to see even more of this interesting paper art!