Leeann McMichael's avatar Leeann McMichael

This piece was created entirely out of vintage National Geographic Magazines (from the 1930’s to the 1980’s) passed down to me from my late Great-Grandparents. Over 2,200 two-inch squares cut from these magazines were each folded 15 times to create the center piece, and over 350 four-inch squares were each folded 15 times to create the border. This means that there are over 2,500 separate pieces of origami, each folded 15 times, and then interlocked in an overlapping grid to create a textural, complex piece of art. This means that “15,” was created from over 37,500 individual folds! My love of origami and repetition started in elementary school, where I folded 1000 paper cranes for a Japanese wedding. I love the discipline and time-management it takes to complete such intricate pieces of art. Special thanks to Bailey Kalin and Emily Stack for their help on this project.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Origami/ Magazine Paper
  • Width: 45 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 41 inches