Pleated Origami - Rebecca Gieseking

I was delighted to meet Rebecca Gieseking via Flickr... the origami objects she creates are sculptural fine art.


Rebecca admits she isn't an origami purist... To me, creating an interesting form is more important than following the traditional “rules" of origami. All of my designs are constructed from one uncut piece of paper, and the shape is created primarily by a combination of straight and curved folds. Most of my designs use glue to hold the paper in place.

Blue and Silver Series

She is inspired by ceramics, wood, and glass, and frequently starts with rectangles, circles, or regular polygons of paper. Rebecca often paints the paper with acrylics first and employs the wet-folding technique to create each piece. I think it's safe to say she is taking origami to new heights!

Double Diagonal Shift Vase

Rebecca majored in art and chemistry in college. Although she began her studies thinking of the two fields as being completely separate, she discovered connections between them.

Painted Vase

The visual and creative training I received in art helped me in chemistry, particularly as I started doing research. In addition, my art became highly planned, logical, and organized, reflecting my scientific thought process. Although I focused on painting, origami was a recurring theme in my work.

 Pot with Wavy Line Pattern

I see origami as lying at the intersection of art and science. This combination is what continually draws me back to the art of paper folding.

 Vase with a Torn Edge

Remember, Rebecca folds each example with just one piece of paper - remarkable!

 Diagonal Shift Variant Vase

As recently as 2011, Rebecca began designing elegant origami bowls, vases, and ornaments that contrast precise folds with graceful shapes. Curious to know how she does it? You're in luck! Rebecca shares patterns and tips for creating crease pleated objects.


Her art is for sale in Georgia, U.S. venues, including the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum in Atlanta. Additional locations can be found on her website, as well as a contact link to inquire about a specific piece or to commission one.

Painted Vases

Another week has flown by and so it's time once again to wish you a great weekend. I'll see you back here on Monday... I'm already excited about the post that's in the works. People are so creative!

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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  1. Stunning!!!! I am so in awe of these never seen before origami designs. It is amazing how she achieves these( especially the double shift vase) from just one sheet of paper. So clever!!


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