The Old Jaffa Development Company Invites You to the International Exhibition of Paper Art at the Jaffa Museum
Paper Creatures
Fantastic Creatures in International Paper Art Exhibition
“Paper Creatures” is an international exhibition that reveals a world of unlimited possibilities of paper art.
32 artists from around the world have transformed words and thoughts, usually reserved for the realm of imagination, into spectacular works depicting unearthly creatures, never seen before.
The exhibition invites you to a magical journey, beyond time and space, where simple and common paper becomes the essence of creation, using a variety of techniques, such as origami, pop-up, and paper cutting.
Curator: Ilan Garibi
Initiation and Development: Limor Margulis
“Paper Creatures” exhibition: 9 September to 29 October 29, at the Old Jaffa Museum
The opening event: Friday, 09/09, at 11:00
The “Paper Creatures” international paper art exhibition will open on September 9th at the Old Jaffa Museum. The exhibition presents a world of unlimited possibilities of paper art created by leading artists from Israel and abroad.
“Paper Creatures” invites the visitors on a magical journey into the inner world of the artists, beyond time and space. The exhibition, where simple and common paper becomes the essence of creation, is featured by 32 paper and origami artists from Portugal, Ireland, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, the United States and other countries. With delicate handwork, these artists have transformed words and thoughts, usually reserved for the realm of imagination, into spectacular works depicting creatures, monsters, strange animals and fairies – all three-dimensional – using a variety of techniques, such as origami, pop-up, and paper cutting.
“Paper Creatures” is one of the few paper exhibitions in the world, where the main theme is not paper, but rather creatures – from their creation in the artist’s imagination, and up to their visualization trough a variety of different techniques.
A “creature” literally means something created, either animate or inanimate. Creatures can be frightening or cute; they can be free, limitless, unbound to any place or time, without the need to answer to any law or logic, as their creator enjoys the freedom of giving them impossible properties, like a flying horse or a double headed lama. These creatures reflect the inner world of the artist, as the works displayed in this exhibition showcase the freedom of creation by presenting creatures that people have never seen before. The artists visualized them not on paper but with paper, turning pages and sheets into raw material.
The exhibition is suitable for all ages, which will discover a multifaceted paper art. One of the most prominent techniques in the exhibition is origami – the art of transformation from a single sheet to a sculpture, while adhering to strict rules – square paper, no cuts or glue, folding only.
Another technique is paper cutting – an act of wonder that starts with a plain, uniform and colorless paper sheet, the cutting of which creates forms, and shades of black and white, as the light and darkness play across the surface, dramatically changing the blank page. The exhibition also displays works created with the ‘pop-up’ technique, a truly magical process, where from total flatness a shape rises with a single movement of the hand.


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About the Curator
Ilan Garibi has been folding paper for the last 40 years. He started to create his own designs in 2008 and since then he made about two hundred original models, mostly tessellations and modular designs, but also several objects of figurative art. Ilan displayed his paper-works, both origami and design, in 4 solo exhibitions and more than twenty group exhibitions.
In the last four years, Ilan Garibi has been creating as an artist and a designer, using different materials, such as metal, wood, fabric, leather and others. All his paper-works are folded by hand, following his own designs.
In addition, Ilan Garibi is one of the founders of OASIS – the Origami Artists of Israel organization, which since 2012 organized three annual origami conventions, two origami exhibitions, and bi-monthly meetings.

“Paper Creatures” exhibition: 9 September to 29 October 29, at the Old Jaffa Museum