How did you start?
It all started as a hobby, when I was a child. I used to fold paper at school or during my spare time.
It’s not common in Finland, I have met only a few individuals doing origami, probably this will increase in the near future, so I learned by practice with the help of books and the internet.
When did your hobby become a craft?
The turning point came after a few years of practice, when I decided to create my own figures, instead of replicating existing models. I applied to be part of an important art exhibition in Helsinki and my figures soon gained a lot of attention.
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Do you use any special techniques?
I wet fold the pieces, a folding technique where water is involved in the process. I can't repeat the process for a second time: every piece looks different and unique even if I want to recreate the same character.
What is the source of inspiration for your characters?
First of all, I wanted to create human figures, which is not common in origami art. My inspiration comes mainly from history, fantasy, folktales and mythologies, which are inhabited by fascinating characters full of details.