Won Park



Won Park is the master of Origami. He is also called the “money folder”, a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not– both in stunning detail.

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.

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This is probably one of the more impressive pieces of dollar bill origami designs that I’ve seen in terms of detail. The creator’s name is Won Park and I found the instructions here: http://www.origami-resource-center.com/support-files/dollarkoifish.pdf

This koi was made out of an American $20 and was part of a school of koi that were a gift my grandmother had asked me to fold for my cousin. Each one took about 2 hours to fold but I think I could have folded them faster if I wasn’t being so cautious to get them perfect.

I really enjoy dollar bill origami because it makes for interesting gifts. I also enjoy seeing a waiter face when I leave some as a tip at a restaurant. The way their face moves from amazement to confusion over whether they should/can unfold it.