Anja Markiewicz makes some very, very tiny origami. She lives in Germany and goes by the name “Faltsucht” on Flickr which translates to “folding addicted” because of her love of origami.
Coyote, Designed by Román Diaz, folded by Anja Markiewicz
Diagrams available in Origami for the Interpreter by Román Diaz
Anja discovered origami about 8 years ago during a boring lesson in school. She was eating chocolate with her friend and they started to fold an origami ship out of the wrapper.
They cut the paper in half to fold it again and than again and again with smaller and smaller pieces of paper until her friend wasn’t able to fold anymore.
Anja on the other had was still able to fold the tiny paper and went home and continued to fold more models with the chocolate paper.
Dragon, Designed by Robert Lang and folded by Anja Markiewicz
Diagrams available in Origami Design Secrets, by Robert Lang
For her first year of origami she simply folded things based on instructions she found online and from a few German books.
Later she joined the German origami society and started to make a lot of friends while attending their meetings. She loves travelling to origami conventions in other cities and meeting new friends who also love origami.
Origami is definitely a passion for Anja but she also enjoys it because it lets her meet and visit new friends and even though she folds super small models she says it helps her relax.
She says origami is almost her full time job in addition to working part time as an occupational therapist with young children and elderly people.
Snowflake, Designed by Jared Needle and folded by Anja Markiewicz
Video instructions are available here
Anja folds everywhere, at home, on the train or when she’s waiting for something. She always carries a little box with small paper and a toothpick so she can fold anywhere at any time.
She folds most of her models with just her fingers and fingernails which sounds crazy to me. Sometimes she uses a toothpick to help but she usually doesn’t need it. She never uses a magnifying glass or tweezers which again sounds crazy because I need tweezers to fold regular sized origami sometimes.
She likes to fold with a very thin paper that’s similar to tissue but stronger and waterproof. She says it’s very important that it’s waterproof incase she’s folding with sweeting fingers.
She doesn’t know the name of this paper but things it’s only 20g per metre cubed and it comes from Japan.
Floreuskugel, folded by Anja Markiewicz
Anja can fold a simple origami model in about 5 to 20 minutes and a difficult one in about 1 to 2 hours. Super difficult models like the yellow ball “Floreuskugel” took her about 10 hours so she folded it over a couple of days. She usually sets aside 1 to 2 hours at a time to fold a model.
Her smallest models start out with a square of paper only 4mm x 4mm. This usually results in a model that’s about 2.5mm in the end, her Cicada for example.
Käfer, folded by Anja Markiewicz
The most difficult model she ever folded in the yellow ball “Floreuskugel”. The snowflake, violet dragon and the yellow bird are also very difficult tiny models that she’s folded. Anja is very proud of the fact that she can fold tiny versions of these models when many people in the Origami Society can’t fold a larger sized version.
She loves seeing the look on people’s faces when she tells them it’s just folded paper without cutting or glue. People are fascinated to see her fold in person.
She has her own website www.faltsucht.de where she sells her miniture origami models as keyrings, mobile trailers and necklaces. The prices of the products generally range between 7,00€ and 17,00€.
Hahn folded by Anja Markiewicz
Anja doesn’t find it that difficult to fold such tiny models and hasn’t met anyone who finds this kind of origami as easy as she does. Although she does admit that you have to be very careful with models as small as this because you can easily break them when you hold them in your fingers.