Origami artist Chris Conrad has folded an intricate angel figure without using scissors or glue. The single sheet of paper, which has a marbled finish, features the figure with outstretched wings, a halo above his head, and a book and staff in each hand. The level of detail is impressive, as Conrad articulated every element of the angel through strategic folding. Coupled with the gray swirl of the paper, this figure looks like a tiny stone statue.
The angel took Conrad 15 hours to go to bed. Working from a design by Matthew Winnagun, he gave the figure his own interpretation. “I changed the hair, staff, wings and torso from the original designer’s crease to make the model my own,” Conrad shared with My Modern Met. “I also managed to stretch some of the limbs to give the angel adult proportions (the original designer had [created] more childish proportions).
Aside from the time spent bending, shaping the angel out of water turned out to be the hardest part. “Most people (including me) usually use glue to ‘finish’ complex origami models,” says Conrad. “For the angel, I decided to experiment with using water instead, which made the process more difficult and time consuming. I used homemade double tissue paper painted with paint. black acrylic.
This angel is far from the only design Conrad has worked on, and his process is akin to other creative pursuits; there is some trial and error involved. “I usually go through at least two or three iterations before finding proportions and details that I’m happy with,” he admits. “Sometimes I got it right the first time and the whole design process only took a few hours, other times I worked on and off for a month or more to get something to work exactly the way I wanted it to.”
Scroll down to see incredible details of the angel origami as well as other works by Conrad.
Origami artist Chris Conrad has folded an intricate angel figure from a single sheet of paper.
Inspired by Matthew Winnagun’s design, it took 15 hours to fold and uses no scissors or glue.
Conrad bent much more than the angel. Here are some of his other origami creations.
“I usually go through at least two or three iterations before I find proportions and details that I’m happy with,” Conrad told My Modern Met.
“Sometimes I get it right the first time and the whole design process only takes a few hours…”
“…other times I worked off and on for a month or more to get something to work exactly the way I wanted it to.”
Chris Conrad: Instagram | KoFi
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