Young Egyptian architect turns origami art into unique paper sculptures
“It was a dream come true to create the biggest [paper] sculpture in Egypt, ”Jimmy told Egyptian Streets. With a height of 188 cm, a depth of 150 cm and a width of 70 cm, the largest deer sculpture in Egypt, made entirely of paper, stood at a Mobilia by the Sea event in Marassi on last month.
Mohamed Gamal Hussein, known as Jimmi Gami due to his passion for the art of origami, is an award-winning, self-taught designer who transforms the art of origami into personalized paper sculptures.
Ten years ago, Jimmy discovered his deep love for origami after his classmate introduced him to the art in the form of an origami paper ninja star. After trying several hobbies, he found his passion in origami, explaining that he was filling a void in his life.
Inspired by origami artists from South America, Europe and China, Jimmy spent hours on YouTube and did several experiments with newsprint, magazine paper, in an effort to master the art . He started experimenting with different types of paper and tools, to teach himself and develop his skills. Being a student of architecture also helped him in his passion for origami as his projects were mainly carried out using models.
According to Jimmy, the minimum time for a sculpture to be complete is five hours. With a starting price of EGP 400, its pieces are typically sold and used for interior and exterior decoration as an aesthetic element.
The 24-year-old Egyptian artist has taken part in numerous exhibitions showcasing his work, including the ElBeit magazine exhibition where he came in second place among the top 60 talents, in addition to a cultural exhibition to which have assisted artists and ambassadors at the Colombian’s house. ambassador to Egypt.
To give back to the community, Jimmy creates tutorials and shares them on her YouTube channel to teach art lovers and promote it.
“Art is more than painting! I would love to see more interest in advanced arts such as origami and paper sculptures, ”says Jimmy.
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