Moscow-based Ekaterina Lukasheva is a contemporary origami artist and author of four origami books.
The Japanese kusudama is usually a paper model that is made by sewing or gluing several identical pyramidal units, typically stylized flowers folded from square paper, together through their points to create a spherical form. Kusudamas come from an ancient Japanese tradition, where they were used for incense. They are important in origami notably being a precursor to the modular origami genre.
Lukasheva first attempted folding paper at the age of 14 when a mathematics professor brought in a book on kusudamas. She has since earned a degree in mathematics and programming, which additionally increased her skills and knowledge to make considerably more complex designs such as tessellations.
Origami tessellations, are complex geometrical 3D structures. These surfaces are created by applying the origami technique, meaning just one piece of paper is folded without stretching, cutting or gluing. These pieces represent the result of continuous isometric mapping of the flat surface to a three dimensional surface. It’s difficult to believe, but they could be stretched back to a flat sheet of paper at any time. In addition the collapse/stretch process would be smooth.
Through her trial and error and dedication Lukasheva has grown to be so skillful with paper that she has written numerous DIY books featuring some of her original designs.