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Chieko Hester: Origami Artist

Growing up in Japan, I fondly remember my fascination and enthusiasm for origami beginning around 6 years old, when my father taught me to fold a paper crane.

Origami is an ancient cultural discipline, reflective of both the complexity and simplicity of nature and the world around us. Eastern philosophy teaches that mastery of technique takes practice, patience and time.

Whilst my origami pieces are based on tradition, I am influenced by my desire to combine both Eastern and Western design aesthetics.

I am challenged to explore and expand upon my knowledge of paper folding, and present my art works in a variety of formats. These include framed 3D works, Hanging works, Stand alone objects and gift cards.

Authentic “Yuzen Washi” papers are sourced directly from my contact in Japan, and I combine my own origami constructions with other techniques such as embossing and montage.

I truly appreciate Japanese tradition and culture. This is something I try to convey through my art works – a sense of calm and serenity, the joy of nature, and the beauty in simple things.