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Juho Könkkölä

  • Origamist
  • Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Rising Star
Juho Könkkölä Origamist
Finnish, English
By appointment only
+358 400884145
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The origami warrior

  • • Juho creates paper sculptures with the origami technique
  • • All his creations originate from a single piece of paper
  • • Each design takes months to conceive and several hours to fold

When asked what is the most challenging aspect of his craft, Juho Könkkölä's answer is simply “folding”. This is essentially true, as the only gesture required to create his incredible sculptures is folding a single square piece of white paper. Yet, the idea of folding a sheet of paper is not enough to express the incredible complexity, the beauty and the expressivity of his creations. Juho started folding paper when he was a child and soon realised he had a gift: he is not only able to replicate with utmost precision existing models from the origami culture, but he expresses his own creativity and ingenuity through original designs, mostly inspired by folktales and mythology.

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Final Boss

Final Boss is Juho Könkkölä’s second original origami creation. It focuses on the asymmetrical aspect of the design and creating facial features for the character. Along with Outlaw, these two pieces laid out the groundwork for Juho’s complex origami design process and were the starting point for many later creations. This is a refolded version of the original figure.

Length 17 cm
Width 10 cm
Height 16 cm

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Herne the Hunter

Inspired by English folklore tales, Herne the Hunter was an experimental work intended to push the limits of origami, to fold complex structures and shapes with a new and larger paper size. The bow, arrows, quiver, and all the other details are folded from the same uncut sheet of paper. The design process took several months, and it was later folded during an art residency.

Length 13 cm
Width 17 cm
Height 23 cm

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Näkki is part of the Finnish Character series inspired by the Finnish version of the mythological creature, Neck. The pose was used to convey the lurking characteristic of the creature.

Length 7 cm
Width 8 cm
Height 13 cm

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Outlaw was Juho Könkkölä’s first original origami creation, sparking his interest in exploring the design process. With little to no understanding, Juho experimented by folding a piece of paper and came up with a knight-like character. He did not know how to fold a face, so folded a hood instead to portray the mysteriousness of the character. This is a refolded version of the original figure.

Length 8 cm
Width 10 cm
Height 13 cm

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Samurai Warrior

Samurai Warrior pushed Juho Könkkölä’s paper art style into a new direction, creating increasingly three-dimensional forms and intricate details. The initial idea was to create another warrior, but the final piece reminded him of a Japanese samurai. The first iteration of this character was folded and designed while travelling in a train through the country.

Length 10 cm
Width 12 cm
Height 19 cm

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