Origami is the art of paper folding. While it was the Chinese that invented paper, it is the Japanese that brought it to life as they were the first to discover the possibilities of using paper as a medium for creating art. Origami was originally called orikata (folded shapes), however in 1880 the craft became known as origami which comes from the Japanese words oru (to fold) and kami (paper). I have had an affinity for Japanese aesthetic for my entire life. From collecting Japanese tea pots and paper fans as a child and vintage kimonos as a teenager to now being heavily influenced by the midcentury modern aesthetic that borrows heavily from eastern design principals, its profoundly shaped my artistic vision. I have also always been very fascinated by origami…although admittedly not very good at it…so I was very excited when Christine of Oco Origami approached me to collab and we decided to concept some unconventional fashion completely out of folded paper. Since origami is a form of sculpture in its own right, the three paper fashion pieces were inspired by and paired with three seriously epic contemporary sculptures that were recently installed at Casa Mira View. These pieces are a masterworks by a master of the art of Origami. The results of this shoot are monumental and my friend Bronson really made me look effortlessly regal. I hope you enjoy these unorthodox bold fashion looks.

All Photos: Bronson Pate of Bauman Photographers
Origami Art: Christine Ott of Oco Origami 

Diamond ornament origami cape paired with the sculpture Blue Tree by Konstantin Dimopoulos

Pyramid pixel origami dress paired with the sculpture
ECTO #02 by Damon Hyldreth

Spike ball origami skirt and chains paired with a yellow kinetic sculpture by Konstantin Dimopoulos

2 Replies to “Paper-work”

  1. Hi Sarah!

    I’m one of the long-time designers for Art Alive. I read all of your postings, as I, too, love vintage fashion/midcentury and the connections between various media. This one you and Bronson did is one if the most striking! So creative!
    Reminds me of the architectural fashion designers like Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler, Gaultier… Have you seen the Wizard of Oz Mosaic Garden in Los Angeles? It, too, is a private residence creation. I stumbled upon it in the Hollywood Hills (a community called Hollywoodland). All the houses are Tudor-style, storybook. Great local cafe called the Beachwood Cafe, just after the 2 historic monoliths entering into the area.
    Jamie Wynne Kales
    Principal, Jamie Wynne Floral


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