Monday, February 11, 2013

See Virtuoso Artist Who Folds Napkins Into Ornate Structures

Fancy: The centrepiece of the display is a fountain flanked by a griffin and lion, all made out of folded linen

The extent of talent in the world is nothing short of amazing.
When I first heard of 'linen napkin art,' I never thought of it as anything serious; but as a lover of art, I decided to investigate. My findings I'm sure leaves you gobsmacked, just like me when I first saw the picture above, and other pictures you'll see when you continue.

People who attend formal dinners may have seen napkins folded into attractive designs.
However in the hands of Joan Sallas, napkins transform into ornate structures, armadillos, giant griffins, and are put to better use than mopping food stains from around the mouth.
lauded as the world's best "virtuoso" napkin folder, Sallas, 47, is credited for reviving the extraordinary Baroque-style art which first appeared in Renaissance Italy and reached its zenith in German speaking lands in the 1600s.

According to the Agence France-Presse, European courts as far back as 1529 relied on the impressive, folded creations to wow guests. But the labor-intensive tradition slowly faded, disappearing completely in the 17th century until Sallas revived it.
Mr Sallas's only guides are old engravings and documents describing imperial and royal banquets.
Despite his hours of research, Sallas still can't wrap his head around recreating some of the ancient designs.
"My favourite piece is always the one I haven't deciphered yet, the one I don't know how to fold yet," he told AFP. "It is incredibly exciting for a researcher to investigate how an object was folded: you can sit there for days and nights, until you understand how an object was folded."

According to the avant-garde napkin folder,there are eight folding techniques - including fans, rolls and lilies - which Mr Sallas used as keys to decode the historic works.
At the end of an exhibition, he dismantles all the napkins and starts anew. "This ephemeral quality is part of life,We are only here for a short time,"he said in a recent interview.
Sallas's works went on display at the Holburne Museum in Bath, England, at the beginning of February. The exhibition will continue to April.

He now teaches in prisons and schools, believing that folding paper and fabric can be therapeutic.
Napkin art, is certainly a very patient and painstaking art, and Joan Sallas work is simply amazing.
Watch a tutorial video below:

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