Most of us are pleased to make a paper plane that can fly, but one accomplished artist has taken the pastime of origami to the next level.

Master of paper folding, Matthieu Georger, shows off his amazing animal sculptures on the internet.  From tiny bugs to mighty beasts, he boasts 131 pictures of his intricate designs and creations on his Flickr account.

Some of Georger’s creations are based on the designs of advanced origami masters such as Satoshi Kamiya, Dao Cuong Quyet and Ronald Koh. He replicates their models with his own paper folding technique, often adding a personal touch.  He also has also produced original works which have formed part of an exhibition in Paris this year. A combination of soft contours, rather than harsh, straight edges, intricate craftsmanship and various colours of tissue paper make Georger’s sculptures hyper-detailed and life-like.

The Japanese art of paper folding, origami, was an ancient skill passed down the generations until in 1797 the first origami book was published containing instructions on mastering the technique.  The word derives from the Japanese words: ‘ori’ (folding) and ‘kami’ (paper) meaning paper.  It quickly became popular outside of Japan and has since then evolved into a modern art form.  The goal is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Cutting the paper or gluing it is not considered to be true origami.