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I first began to fold paper as a child. I quickly found that in origami, extraordinary results could be achieved with a simple sheet of paper. I didn’t need tools or equipment to get started, and for me, this attraction still holds good today.

While working away from home in the early ’70s, I rediscovered origami, and I obtained more information and books, some from Japan. Soon I joined the British Origami Society and began my long preoccupation with origami. Through contacts and correspondence, I quickly found that I had friends almost everywhere.

The origami artist must resolve seemingly impossible technical challenges because of the restrictions of the square of paper and the unwritten rules of origami (not to cut, not to glue, not to decorate). These limitations have stimulated remarkable solutions: in other words restriction yields richness.

Even after decades of folding paper, I am still intrigued by the endless possibilities for the origami artist. So, I love to see and to discover new interpretations of familiar subjects and techniques.  Unexpected movements of the paper while folding intrigue me. I am attracted by paper’s warmth and tactile qualities: respect for the paper is one of the keys to successful results.

My aims in origami:

  • Achieve elegance in the folding method
  • Use the paper economically
  • Obtain form and volume by design, not by excessive thicknesses and waste.
  • Prefer original ideas rather than traditional bases and geometry
  • Find a new viewpoint on familiar subjects
  • Portray life and movement in a living subject

All material © Dave Brill 1975-2017

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