Through the traditional Japanese art of origami, this series explores the unfolding of an individual's character and identity, using motifs symbolising light, peace and the fragility of life. Here, the final folded piece of origami is flattened and smoothed out into a 1D tessellated pattern, revealing all the glorious markings that life layers on, fold-by-fold.

Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art and philosophy (there is nothing if not always thought behind these things) of repairing broken vessels - a teapot, for example - with gold. This craft arguably makes the object more beautiful than before and worth treasuring all the more because of the process of destruction and reconstruction undertaken.

So too with life. It is often the cracking open and the setting about to repair and restore that enriches and goldens one's life. Hard work but that growth and development should be oh-so-treasured and let to shine. 

A little wabi sabi is also employed here as certainly none of the prints are perfect. Which, consequently, makes them thus ;).

A plan for peace - 1000 cranes   |   summer 2016

A plan for peace - 1000 cranes   |   summer 2016

The peace process   |   summer 2016

The peace process   |   summer 2016

orizuru - crane   |   summer 2016

orizuru - crane   |   summer 2016

lighting the way   |   summer 2016

lighting the way   |   summer 2016

lantern festival   |   summer 2016

lantern festival   |   summer 2016

a life worth living - cherry blossom samurai   |   summer 2016

a life worth living - cherry blossom samurai   |   summer 2016

looking above me / it must be blossom season / petals raining down   |   summer 2016

looking above me / it must be blossom season / petals raining down   |   summer 2016