Tiniest Origami Models

Tiny origami models created by Mui-Ling Teh

Origami artist Mui-Ling Teh makes small but perfectly formed paper creations so small that they can only be appreciated in close-up photographs. Read more after the break.....

The smallest of the tiny models is just 2mm long and looks like a mere speck to the naked eye

The 23 year-old painstakingly creates the works using just paper, scissors and tweezers

The architecture student first began to experiment with origami when she was just ten years old when she used sweet wrappers to create tiny models. However she did not begin folding miniatures until one day in April 2008, when she folded a crane from a random piece of paper while daydreaming and later realised how small a creation she had made. Since then she has continued to make smaller and smaller models, creating flowers, ornaments and birds in miniature

She says: "I tend to fold cranes a lot; usually with paper about 5—5mm in size. Currently, folding one of those take me about 10 minutes.

"This skill definitely requires a lot of patience; some models require much more patience than others; especially when folding a different design for the first time," she said.

"Folding miniature origami also lets me escape from the distractions around me as my mind is focused in one small place"

The talented artist dreams of turning her passion for paper into her profession, and is looking at ways in which she could display her work in exhibitions. However, the models are too small to be appreciated with the naked eye, and can only be truly understood through photographs of the work

The Canadian student sells her calendars and other gift items with photos of her beautiful work on to help fund her studies


A work called Born from the Fingers

Mui-Ling Teh stands in front of a calendar featuring her miniature origami creations Unsurprisingly, Mui-Ling has lost some of her artwork, when a Kinder Surprise container full of her models fell out of her rucksack. She was heart-broken when she realised what had happened, and created a calendar online to commemorate the pieces that she had lost.

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