Student Jessica Dick intricately folded thousands of pieces of paper to make two origami sculptures that featured in an art exhibition. The smaller one, a bear was made up of around 10,000 pieces of paper, each of which had been torn and folded by hand.
Jessica, from Year 12 volunteers at the Rooftop Gallery in Corby. She began making an origami man there and the organisers of the exhibition suggested she exhibit her work so she completed both sculptures and has received very positive feedback.
She said: ‘I have been making origami since I was small and I have been making the bear for about two years and they are all interwoven bits of paper, nothing is stuck together with glue.’
Jessica makes her creations from recycled paper and she works alongside local origami artist Phiona Richards. Currently she is making origami trees and flowers and she suggests that beginners go onto the internet to learn the basic techniques.
The art exhibition, Corby Open, featured artists from around the local area and Jessica’s sculpture, particularly her headless man, proved popular with children from a local school striking a pose next to it.
Jessica, who is studying Maths, Physics and Philosophy has no plans to pursue an artistic career but she will continue her origami hobby: ‘It is very time consuming but quite enjoyable and for my latest projects I am folding paper then painting it with watercolour paints and refolding it to produce some stunning effects. This is the first time I have exhibited my artwork and it was great to receive the feedback and positive comments.’