Folding is mostly associated with the traditional Japanese paper folding technique origami (ori; folding, kami; paper) and the most elaborate forms can be created with folds made by your hands as the only tools. Paper artist Richard Sweeney uses various techniques to create his sculptures and objects and creates wonderful pleated flowing forms by wet folding in his motion forms series.

Richard Sweeney, 03M (Partial Shell), 2010. Watercolour paper, 30x24x20cm.

Richard Sweeney, Black Hole, 2010. Watercolour paper.

While studying Three Dimensional Design at the Manchester Metropolitan University, Sweeney concentrated on a hands-on experimentation with paper to create models but soon realised them being sculptures in their own right. Paper seems to be a predominant material in Sweeney’s body of work and he aims to keep an experimental approach to discover the sculptural properties of often mundane materials. [1]

Richard Sweeney, Studies in paper, 2006.

All images from (accessed November 14, 2011).

Taking a traditional origami shape and multiplying it makes an impressive lamp shade in Filipino designer Luisa de los Santos-Robinson’s Dragon Tail lamps for Design by Hive. The lamp shades are folded from chromed origami paper.

Image from (accessed November 16, 2011)

Image from
(accessed October 21, 2011)

[1] (accessed November 14, 2011)

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