I see origami as lying at the intersection of art and science. This combination is what continually draws me back to the art of paper folding.
In college I majored in both art and chemistry. I began college thinking of the two as being completely separate. As I took classes, I continually discovered more connections between the two. The visual and creative training I received in art helped me in chemistry, particularly as I started doing research. In addition, my art became highly planned, logical, and organized, reflecting my scientific thought process. Although I focused on painting, origami was a recurring theme in my work.
I started designing origami bowls and vases in the spring of 2011. My dual interests in art and science have deeply influenced my origami. The sweeping curves of the bowls and vases I design contrast with the sharp, precise folds used to create them. Similarly, my process of designing the forms shows contrast between the creative process I use to design a form and the precise engineering of how to construct the shape. But just as important as the contrast between these opposing elements is the unity they create. The curved forms and the precise creases work together to create simple, elegant models.
Although I call my work origami, I am not a purist. To me, creating an interesting form is more important than following the traditional “rules” of origami. All of my designs are constructed from one uncut piece of paper, and the shape is created primarily by a combination of straight and curved folds. Most of my designs use glue to hold the paper in place. I frequently start from rectangles, circles, or regular polygons of paper and often paint the paper before I fold it. By using traditional paper folding techniques to create forms inspired by ceramics, wood, and glass, I transform the flat surface of paper into a sculptural form.