My name is Ekaterina (Kate) Lukasheva. I am a modular origami artist.
Origami is the art of paper folding. Traditional origami uses a single, uncut sheet of paper, whereas modular origami uses multiple sheets joined together to create a singular form. This method offers great flexibility in shapes you can achieve while keeping the single unit relatively simple. So if you dislike 100+ step origami diagrams still wanting the resulting piece to look intricate, modular origami is for you.
The figures created through modular origami are usually highly symmetric, because they are made from multiple equivalent units, or modules. The origami modules usually have special locks to allow unit-to-unit connection without using any adhesive. This feature of modular origami brings it closer to construction sets: you are just making the pieces of the construction set yourself prior to the assembly process.
There are several names for modular origami throughout the world. In the west it’s referred to as modular origami, but in eastern Europe and South America, the Japanese word “kusudama” is is commonly used for ball-like modular origami figures. In Japan, the word “kusudama” originally meant “medicine ball”, possibly referring to a ball made from flowers and used for incense.
My favorite color is blue, that’s why I use it for my favorite models.
This one is called Rafaelita. You can make one yourself by googling the name.
This one called Paradigma is one I’m particularly proud of. You can make one by taking 30 papers and googling ‘Paradigma kusudama’
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