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Takes Artist 3 Months Planning and Folding Origami Samurai From a Single Sheet of Paper

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Juho Könkkölä is an artist is an expert who creates paper figures using the art of origami. He only uses folding techniques to create his masterpieces. They don’t include any cutting. 

His creations are amazingly detailed. Juho’s greatest creation is a samurai made using origami. The samurai warrior carries a sword in his hand and is dressed in traditional armor that includes a pointed helmet (kabuto) and scaly thigh armor (haidate).

This piece consists of a high level of intricacy. It is unbelievable how the samurai was created without piercing the paper or using glue to hold its structure. 

Image credit: Juho Könkkölä

Juho crafted another samurai warrior a year ago, back in March 2020. Although it was a success, he wanted to improve it and create a better samurai. That is how he came up with this better version.

Image credit: Juho Könkkölä

Juho redesigned every part again by using new techniques to add more detail to the character. He used a 95-centimeter square-shaped sheet of Wenzhou rice paper to create the samurai.

Image credit: Juho Könkkölä

Juho pre-creased the paper before folding it to form the structure. It requires a lot of work even after it is folded. Each part is developed through the folding process. Although it took a few days to pre-crease the paper, it took him the rest of the month to finish and shape the samurai figure. 

Image credit: Juho Könkkölä
Image credit: Juho Könkkölä

Watch the video as Juho shares how the samurai came together. First, the folds start large, but then they eventually grow smaller. Finally, the three-dimensional form became big enough to stand alone.

 

It took him roughly about three months to plan and create the samurai warrior. Juho folded the figure four times before folding the final one. 

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Image credit: Juho Könkkölä

Juho Könkkölä, a 23-year-old Finnish origami artist, brings paper his ideas into reality by folding paper. Juho has about 15 years of experience in folding origami models and focuses on creating expressive human characters.

The characters come from history, movies, folk tales, mythologies, books, video games, as well as real-life observations. All his artwork is folded from a single square sheet of paper. There is no cutting involved.

Image credit: Juho Könkkölä

One character can take several months to complete. Juho is very enthusiastic about learning new skills and refining his art techniques to accomplish even the wildest ideas.

Isn’t his creations just breathtaking? We should all admire the hard work and patience Juho put into crafting this masterpiece. 

Image credit: Juho Könkkölä

Can you fold a piece of paper in half more than seven times?

An old myth says you cannot fold a piece of paper in half more than seven times. This may be true for a standard A4 piece of paper. Yet, according to US teenage mathematician Britney Gallivan (as a teenager), she states that the maximum number of folds is dependent on the initial size of the sheet, and it appears she is right.

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There are other artists that make stunning creations out of paper. For instant here we have an artist named Rogan Brown who has come up with a way to show us the similarities between human beings and other living organisms. It’s on a microscopic level also using paper art. It looks like coral reefs.

For more info: Juho Könkkölä:  Instagram

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