What’s your first thought when you hear the word “origami”? Folded paper birds, flowers, or maybe the Japanese culture? Whatever it is, you better not get it twisted. This branch of visual art isn’t easy at all, and it requires deft fingers, patience, and years of practice.
The 23-year-old Juho Könkkölä was only a boy when he started folding paper, and nowadays, with more than 15 years of experience, he can proudly say that he is a “Finnish origami artist who brings ideas into reality by folding paper.”
He started his Instagram account back in mid-January of 2021, and began posting images of his origami models. Without any cutting, the young artist folds his human characters using a single square sheet of paper. In his portfolio, you can see sculptures inspired by folk tales, mythologies, books, movies, video games, and others.
Könkkölä needs a couple of months to create a single piece of origami character. His latest artwork, a 28-centimeter-tall samurai warrior folded from one sheet of Wenzhou rice paper, took him more than three months to finish, from designing to folding the character.
If you’re interested in his masterpieces, check out the gallery below. Have you ever tried making something by using the origami technique? What are your thoughts on Könkkölä’s work?