My mom mastered the skill of 3D or modular origami, in which multiple small rectangles are folded into tiny triangles, then assembled into sculpture. She self-taught herself the techniques from YouTube videos and her own experience. Each sculpture can require hundreds of pieces, depending on the size and pattern. All paper you see is recycled (my mom did not like to waste). Almost all were created free-handedly from inspirations or in her head rather than from a pattern.
We always told my mom she should write a book with illustrations and instructions of 3D origami! Unfortunately, you will have to settle for my humble how-to tutorials. After you view the examples of my mom’s 3D origami sculptures below, you can read our how-to 3D origami series to make your own!