Sunday June 8, 2003

Origami paper sculpture

I ran across a reference to Michael G. LaFosse almost three years ago, when I found an issue of Bats magazine in our doctor's waiting room (apparently a doctor at the clinic subscribes). Mr Fosse does incredible paper scuplture and fantastic origami; he was featured in an article entitled Origami and the Art of Bat Appreciation .

“When people see an origami exhibit, they’re immediately captivated and full of questions,” says BCI member Michael G. LaFosse, a world-renowned master of Japanese paper folding. “So when they view my origami bats, the art bridges the gap between fear and confidence, and they aren’t afraid to ask me all about bats.” In 20 years of exhibiting origami animals, LaFosse says he has never heard a single “yuck, bats” type of response from anyone. In fact, he says, most people seem to want to learn as much as they can, and they walk away thinking bats are amazing creatures.

With formal training in biology, LaFosse calls himself a “biologist who interprets natural history studies through art.” Since receiving his first Golden Guide nature book at age five, his favorite creatures have been bats and mollusks. When La Fosse was seven, his father found a grounded bat and brought it home in a box. The bat flew away, but LaFosse senior showed his son the “bat” entry in the family encyclopedias and read him the entire account. After that, LaFosse says he read every bat-related book he could at his local library, then pestered the librarians until they purchased more.

The bat design is one of Fosse's favorites; it "took eight years to perfect and requires about 12 hours of folding time." You can find more information about Michael Fosse, as well as videos and gallery photos, at

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