Between the folds documentary continues....

Crumpling technique

Most of origami works can be considered target - oriented, its an art of following a series of step by step folds, the end result is well defined and success can be judged by comparison to the original or to the final diagram.

The french origami artist Vincent Floderer does something different. Instead of folding along certain lines, he crumples the paper. He uses thin paper, dampens them, crumples and stretches them and creates sculptures of living organisms that are indistinguishable from the real thing.

One of the early technique he discovered was for creating a mushroom. Having a keen interest in fungi, he explored the possibilities and has developed an extraordinary range of mushrooms, toadstools and other related fungi.

From the mushroom, Floderer began to apply the same ideas to paper that had been folded into layers. Through experimentation, he has expanded the range of creations to encompass sponges, sea-urchins, jellyfish, flower-like forms and a variety of abstract shapes which defy description, but are invariably beautiful. They seems to possess an organic feel which needs to be seen to be appreciated. Whilst photographs are impressive, its essential to actually handle of his work. Many of his creations are not static or fixed, but stretch and move under your hands, communicating to you in a way that the vast range of conventional origami cannot.

Using the crumpling technique, he has created an exceptionally realistic tree that has gained him immense respect in origami community, in part because it pays homage to the origins of paper in a manner thats not only clever but also spiritual; tree begets paper, then paper begets tree...
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