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When paper makes way for metal: Taking origami to another level

Artist Ankon Mitra creates origami artworks using metals, at the ongoing exhibition in the city.

art and culture Updated: Sep 21, 2016 09:45 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Origami,Ankon Mitra,The Japan Foundation
Artwork titled Empress by artist Ankon Mitra.

When paper gets moulded in different geometric designs, the art of origami sooths the creative mind. But when metals get moulded, using the art of origami, they can stun anyone who appreciates design. The recently opened exhibition Origami Red/Origami Gold has works of artist Ankon Mitra, that he has created using origami as the basic premise.

Golden Plume Detail

The huge bright red artwork, titled Empress, has caught the attention and impressed many a visitor. “This is made using 300gsm Fabian – which is the best Italian paper and comes with a 5-year guarantee,” says Monica Jain, curator of the show. The artist dyes the paper in selected hues and folds it in unusual styles to come up with geometric shapes that have curves and bounce even when made out of metals. An example of this is the The Golden Lotus Table, made of aluminum sheet.

The Golden Lotus Table, made of aluminium sheets.

Mitra says, “Until now I had mostly used paper to create such origami forms. The hexagonal form has always fascinated me, so I decided to experiment it with metals. But to translate the curves and bounces of paper in metal, I had to draw arcs and not straight lines, before folding.”

An aerial view of Hextile – UFO.

The work named Hextile – UFO is inspired by weaving of textile whereas Three Towers, which is made of concrete, reflects ancient architecture. “Origami is known as an art form of folding paper, but one needs to explore mediums to make it suitable for lifestyle in present day,” says Jain.


What: Origami Red/Origami Gold

Where: The Japan Foundation, Lajpat Nagar – IV

On Till: September 30

Timings: 11am to 7pm

Nearest Metro Station: Moolchand on Violet Line

First Published: Sep 21, 2016 09:40 IST