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Yoshihide Momotani’s origami worlds

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

Yoshihide Momotani’s origami worlds

Many Origami masters came into this art gradually. Most often, interest in folding arose from enthusiasm for living nature or mathematics. Japanese master Yoshihide Momotani comes from this series of authors.

In 1952, the master graduated from Kyoto University, where he studied botanics. He taught biology at Osaka University. During the years of his scientific career he became a doctor of natural and pharmaceutical sciences, and a member of the Academy of Botanics of Japan. Where would origami come from, one would wonder? The fascination with this art stemmed from a pleasant hobby, but the desire to understand, and perseverance imparted by scientific work, sent the master on an exciting journey into the paper world.

Yoshihide Momotani’s origami worlds


When he mastered the basics of folding and getting acquainted with the work of contemporaries, Momotani-san began to come up with his own models. First, he was enthralled by natural images, and he came up with a series of figures depicting flowers, insects, fish and animals. After that, architecture and everyday life started to fuel his imagination. Thus figures of various buildings, apartment houses furnished with furniture and even cutlery, from the frying pans and to the dinner services, were created. And of course the helpful addition was done by master’s wife Sumiko, who is also the author of a number of figures.

Yoshihide Momotani’s origami worlds Yoshihide Momotani’s origami worlds


Momotani’s trademark work is considered to be illustrations for various literary works, fairy tales and myths. His three-dimensional compositions are created from a number of sheets of paper and recreate the places and the characters themselves with scrupulous accuracy. The master has illustrated Japanese fairy tales and legends, German fairy tales, for example, a fairy tale about a gingerbread house, and even made scenery for the story of Antoine de Saint-Exupery «Night Flight.» In these compositions, both traditional techniques and modern grid pattern, tessellations and corrugation are combined. The creation and development of one composition can take up to several weeks.

To get acquainted with the master we propose to fold the stone wall tessellation.

Yoshihide Momotani’s origami worlds. How to fold an origami wall tessellation?











We will need:

- 1 square sheet of paper size 15x15 cm.

- About 15 minutes of free time. 

Happy folding!

Stone wall tessellation video instruction:


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