Paper Artist Documents Daily Origami Works on Instagram

Paper Artist Documents Daily Origami Works on Instagram
Arts & Culture

Artist builds an international community with his complex paper creations via social media

Ross Brooks
  • 9 october 2014

Origami made a name for itself outside of Japan during the 1900s, and to this day it attracts a hardcore following of paper folding enthusiasts. One of those is Ross Symons, a Cape Town artist who’s been posting a different origami figure on Instagram every day since the start of 2014. He’s built up a following of nearly 40,000 people with a collection of figures that demonstrate origami’s true potential.

Symons started the project as a way to challenge himself, which has since grown into an international community of origami enthusiasts. His current measure of success is fold time; the more discipline and patience he has, the faster he folds the figure. Some of the figures include dragons, bears, unicorns and rhinos – which is only the tip of the iceberg.


One criticism that the artist has to deal with on a regular basis is people who say “It’s just paper, it shouldn’t take long to make.” The artist explains how people fail to appreciate the complexity of origami, even though it uses such a simple construction material. In his own words, “I feel there is a misconception that because origami uses paper to create something, that means it’s easy to do.”


Symons learned a few other things thanks to his daily practice:

It taught me patience, planning and that if you want to get better at something quickly, do it everyday for a year.

Thanks to his strict regime of practice, the artist has positioned himself as a global expert on origami – which serves his passion perfectly. “No matter how complex or simple. I love—and when I say love I mean I’m totally obsessed with—folding paper.” If you want to get in touch with Ross Symons for any custom work or collaborations, you can reach him via his Instagram, Facebook, or website.



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