We here at Inhabitat love origami art, especially when an artist is able to lovingly create works made entirely from unexpected recycled materials. Inspired by the idea of reuse, Ruti's Roots' beautiful sculptural forms are an incredible example of how old tea and chewing gum wrappers can undergo a creative transformation to become unique and even useful designs!
The Israel-based designer collects and sorts through discarded paper to create these intricate and labor-intensive sculptures, sometimes consisting of over 400 small pieces of hand-folded paper! The designs range from small boxes and pots to elegant swan pencil holders – a perfect and peculiar addition to a cluttered desk. Each original piece is constructed using a durable cardboard base to ensure the structure is a sturdy storage solution or 3-D form.
The 26-year old occupational therapy student behind the design label says she has been drawn to “the magic of folding recycled paper and creating various works of art” over the last few years. “This kind of art combines my passion for shaping and color-matching, with my love for nature, while attempting to preserve and reuse pre-existing materials.”
Images courtesy of Keren Gavish and Ruti Ben Dror