This is a ‘camel spider’ living in the desert. It’s actually big. It have teeth, too. I made up my mind. ‘Let’s be determined and make something disgusting’ This looks disgusting to everyone’s eyes. It’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever made. I think it’s disgusting. Hello. My name is Maeng Hyung-kyu, who makes one piece of paper. The term used in common is ‘origami’. Japanese. ‘ori’ means folds, ‘gami’ means paper. I can make my works by cutting and pasting the paper. But I don’t cut it, and just fold one sheet of paper. This is called origami. (Are all the pieces in the back made of only one paper?) Yes, just one. This is a ‘Neoclosterus curvipes’. It have a brush with antennae. This is an insect from Korea. The ‘Dicranocephalus adamsi Pascoe’ is seen a lot in May. An unwinged mantis. Down below is the ‘Brown rhinoceros beetle’. (Why do you fold insects with paper?) I loved insects and raise them too. When I was in the army, I was on a guard post when a stag beetle flew in. I caught it and raised it in the military. I even ordered insect breeding. I think my taste is reflected in my work. (Where did you find insects attractive?) novelty? Different from us? It has many legs, unique shape and pretty colors. Of course, I hate cockroaches, grimas. Mantis. I saw a Mantis while I was walking the street. So I took a picture and made it because it was pretty. This is more complicated than any other piece. If you look at the back origami, the wings are folded. it has a forewings, and hindwings. His legs are long, and there is eyes on the head. It’ve got wrinkles in the abdomen. The structure is very complicated. (It’s not going to be completed at once.) Yes, it is. For example, there is the shape of an insect’s belly. I practiced this part separately. I also folded the insect’s face and legs separately. So it was also important to adjust the overall ratio and combine it. This is ‘version 1’. This is the first one, and that’s the second. This is a scorpion. Unlike other insects, the scorpion looks very nice. To make a big one, I focused on the pedipalps. I think I did a great job. It was originally white. I painted it black and dry and then painted it with gold enamel paint. (How did you start Origami?) We usually have one origami book. That’s the start. There are a lot of origami missing in books. Let’s change the way in the book and make something nice. I modified it a little bit. That led to creativity. I’m making a lot of insects with origami. One of the origami people is Dr. Robert Lang, at MIT in the U.S. One of the origami people is Robert Lang, a doctor of MIT in the U.S. I was influenced by his origami insect style. Now I see and make real insects. As you all know, This is an insect designated as a natural monument in Korea. There are two spots on the chest that are characteristic of a Longhorned Beetle. I did this by turning a double-sided paper around. (Didn’t you make it by pasting?) No. I didn’t paste anything. Turn it over with a double-sided paper and different color comes out. Turn it over with a double-sided paper and different color comes out. That’s why I make it out of a piece of paper. I colour two sides of the paper, so that when I fold it, this shape appears. There are wrinkles in the abdomen. and I also expressed claws. This is unusual thing. (Why did you make the centipede?) A long time ago, I raised a centipede. (Does anyone raise a centipede?) There are many people raise it. (Show us the bottom.) It’s absolutely disgusting. I did not cut it, I folded it with one piece of paper.
It has a lot of legs, so I had to do a lot of repetitive work. It’s very boring. This is the tooth. He has eyes and antennae. (I don’t think you’re just folding it up. Is there any way?) Box Pleating and Circle packing are two ways. A common way of folding paper is called circle packing. A common way of folding paper is called circle packing. When I fold insects, I use a technique called Box Pleating. Fold the paper in a constant proportion Horizontally and vertically Divide evenly. It is good to adjust the ratio within that division. Box Pleating has the advantage of creating an angular things. If I make a Leg, This is how the leg comes out. If I make an antenna, So the antennae are made. If the front legs are about as long as the hind legs, I make a bridge out of 3 squares. If the hind legs are long, I make the legs out of 4 squares. (Do you adjust by the number of squares?)
Yes, it is. This is the Origami Crane. Two Origami Crane are included, and below is Box pleating. Mixed box pleating and Origami Crane. This place is folding the Grasshopper’s hind legs. Grasshoppers hind legs are made by folding the ratio slightly longer. The wing and two hind legs came out. he have long hind legs. The front, the middle. Adjust here. he have an antenna. So 4 legs. (It’s like a grasshopper.) This is the face, and this is where you raise his antennae. If I lower his face … If you look down, it looks like a grasshopper. I will make eyes.
If I lower the bumps, he will get eyes. So, the grasshopper face was completed. Because insects have real models, I have to be made the same. It’s very awkward if it’s a little different from the real thing. I think it’s difficult. This is a simple version of a grasshopper. Anyone can fold it. (Anyone can do it?) It is easy to transform. (Is it easy?) (What kind of paper is it?) I usually use Hanji(Korean paper).
If I want to make it thinner, I use a paper called a ‘writing paper’ that’s as thin as waste paper. I use it to fold into very thin paper. I prefer to fold them into the same shape as the actual insects. I care about the volume of real shape. For example, This is called the Dynastes neptunus. If you look at insects, they have thick abdomen and thin legs. To make legs thinner, I have to collect paper in the thick side. I have to keep as little paper as possible in the legs. And put as much paper in the abdomen as I can. So, I need to design as good as possible. That’s the way to make the perfect shape. That’s the way to make the perfect shape. (Do you make only insects?) I’m not just making insects. There are animals and fantasy characters I imagine. There are game and movie characters too. This is Tyrael in Diablo. People who know Tiriel may wonder. As to why Tyrael has a shield. Originally, He has no shield. But I made a shield with paper left. (You made the shield and the sword separately, right?) No. It’s on body. It’s up to the wing. It’s painted well, and the shield has a cross line. I made this all out of lines. It’s an alien, and the point is fingers. The length of the each fingers is different. The face design came out well. And alien have abs. The thigh and calf lines are curved. And that’s not what you see in insects. This is the Skill to make this curve. There’s one more unusual thing.
(What is it?) This is it. he have a crane on his shoulder. It’s made of a piece of paper. And the reason this is unusual is because I made this imagined. And the reason this is unusual is because I made this imagined. He have a big sickle on his back. he have a crane on his shoulder. It’s all one sheet of paper. Not cut. (What was the process to develop your skills?) I posted it on the community(cafe). Just … I’ve seen a lot of comments like, “Crumble, throw it away, rubbish” “You can’t fold insects.” this comment… I kept folding because I had something to come. I kept folding a lot. I met people and I got feedback. That’s how I learned about my shortcomings. It’s very boring to do origami. when you fold it, you want to cut it, and you think ‘why should I do it with one paper?’ But the pleasure of breaking it is incredible. Try to feel it. There’s a lot of pleasure. There’s an exhibition in Canada in June. There is an exhibition of Japan in August and a Korean exhibition after the exhibition in Japan. I will continue to display such exhibits and give lectures often. I want to set up my own little studio later. Later, after I get older … (It’s a origami studio.) Yes. Like a work room…