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  • Meet the people exploring the intersection between art and science with origami.

    Meet the people exploring the intersection between art and science with origami.

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  • “Origami is a metamorphic art form; You don’t add to it [or] take away from it, you change it.”

    “Origami is a metamorphic art form; You don’t add to it [or] take away from it, you change it.”

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  • Not all origami must be representative. There can be beauty in a single crease.

    Not all origami must be representative. There can be beauty in a single crease.

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  • “When you put a crease in a piece of paper, you’re essentially changing the memory of that piece.”

    “When you put a crease in a piece of paper, you’re essentially changing the memory of that piece.”

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  • Joisel recounts the thrill of his first creation and the years it took to achieve it.

    Joisel recounts the thrill of his first creation and the years it took to achieve it.

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  • For Joisel, choosing origami as his medium was a bit like falling in love.

    For Joisel, choosing origami as his medium was a bit like falling in love.

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  • From Tolkein to Dungeons & Dragons, Joisel often found inspiration in the fantastical.

    From Tolkein to Dungeons & Dragons, Joisel often found inspiration in the fantastical.

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  • For Joisel, his creations were like children, and parting with them cause for suffering.

    For Joisel, his creations were like children, and parting with them cause for suffering.

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  • Joisel's origami seashell is magnificently faithful to the real thing - inside and out.

    Joisel's origami seashell is magnificently faithful to the real thing - inside and out.

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  • Material artist Chris K. Palmer experimenting in paper with pattern, movement and a flood light

    Material artist Chris K. Palmer experimenting in paper with pattern, movement and a flood light

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  • Expressive French master, Eric Joisel, has a moment of inspiration on camera

    Expressive French master, Eric Joisel, has a moment of inspiration on camera

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  • Minimalist human figures by Vietnamese paper folder, Giang Dinh

    Minimalist human figures by Vietnamese paper folder, Giang Dinh

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  • Impressionistic squirrel from handmade paper by U.S. artist Michael LaFosse

    Impressionistic squirrel from handmade paper by U.S. artist Michael LaFosse

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  • Educator Miri Golan uses origami to teach math to kids throughout Israel

    Educator Miri Golan uses origami to teach math to kids throughout Israel

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  • Hands getting dirty while folding

    Hands getting dirty while folding

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  • Mathematician Tom Hull draws connections between advanced math and origami

    Mathematician Tom Hull draws connections between advanced math and origami

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  • Producer/Director Vanessa Gould

    Producer/Director Vanessa Gould

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The Film

Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career paths to forge lives as modern-day paper folders. Through origami, these offbeat and provocative minds are reshaping ideas of creativity and revealing the relationship between art and science.

Between the Folds chronicles 10 of their stories. Featuring interviews with and insights into the practice of these intrepid paper folders, the film opens with three of the world's foremost origami artists: a former sculptor in France who folds caricatures in paper rivaling the figures of Daumier and Picasso; a hyper-realist who walked away from a successful physics career to challenge the physics of a folded square instead; and an artisanal papermaker who folds impressionistic creations from the very same medium he makes from scratch.

The film then moves to less conventional artists, exploring concepts of minimalism, deconstruction, process, and empiricism. Abstract artists emerge with a greater emphasis on concept, chopping at the fundamental roots of realism, which have long dominated traditional origami. The film also features advanced mathematicians and a remarkable scientist who received a MacArthur Genius Award for his computational origami research.

While debates ebb and flow on issues of folding technique, symbolism, and purpose, this unique film shows how closely art and science are intertwined. The medium of paper folding — a simple blank, uncut square — emerges as a resounding metaphor for the creative potential for transformation in all of us.

The Filmmaker

  1. Vanessa GouldDirector

Vanessa Gould has studied a mix of science, art, theory, math, and design over the past two decades, including architecture and astrophysics at Columbia and music at the New England Conservatory. Between the Folds was a project born of great admiration for the artists and scientists working in paper, and the belief that their remarkable work should be documented and shared. She is also a pianist and painter.