CUT FOLD GLUE! Urban Origami artist J. Edwards aka PAPERMATEZ
Story by Lynn Lieu
Emerging from subway tunnels and back alleys, traveling internationally on railways and through the Internet, street art has grown from being a pastime to a full-blown culture gaining respect from not only the underground that spawned it, but from scholars and those on the opposite spectrum, leaving society to think twice about what once was merely considered vandalism. Art, in any form, has always existed as a medium for self expression, and whether that expression is derived from an emotion or simply tells a story, it holds a voice. For many in the graffiti world that voice is unheard and left discarded on the side of abandoned buildings and often considered criminal—hardly art.