While most of us would produce flowers and animals given a single sheet of paper to fold, American origami artist Joel Cooper can create wonderful masks that look as if they were woven using countless strips of paper!
Cooper, also a library assistant, is based in Lawrence, Kansas. Explaining his process of creating his masks, he simply wrote on his website, “Simply folding the preliminary grid in a piece of paper can take hours, and the process of making a mask from that grid is more a matter of creative improvisation with by than step-by-step instruction… It is not step-by-step and I don’t keep diagrams or instructions for what I do, I just do it.”
Seeing these works of art, you might find it hard to believe that they’re made only using a single sheet of paper – but they are, as Cooper had revealed. Folding is usually preceded and followed by treatment of the paper (ex. dyeing, painting, and glazing). It takes Cooper as much as five years just to finish one mask!
Aside from masks, Cooper also creates beautiful geometric tessellations still through paper folding.
All information in this article were sourced from Joel Cooper’s blog and Flickr profile page via DesignTAXI. You may read more about his origami process here. Meanwhile, Cooper sells his work on Etsy and Makers Market.