Collaboration with a fashion designer

I love the way the internet facilitates communication and enables us to meet like-minded, interesting people. I’m almost always up for a challenge and thoroughly enjoy collaborations with other artists – adapting my skills and techniques is great mental stimulation!

Earlier this year I was contacted by Ornella Gallo di Fortuna, an Italian fashion designer based in London. She needed a touch of origami inspiration for her 2013 millinery collection origami romance, and I was available to help. I folded the different pieces out of my hand-made paper first and then out of a variety of different fabrics that had been prepared with a stiffening agent. To keep the creases nice and crisp I found that the best solution was to iron each and every fold.

This was a fun project and I am very honoured to have contributed to some of these beautiful compositions. Here are a few of my favourite images, but many more are visible on the links above.


Salon de l’Artisanat Yerres 2013


I’m pleased to announce that I have been invited to participate in the 2013 Salon de l’Artisanat in Yerres from 5th-7th April. This is a prestigious arts and crafts fair that is held in the Caillebotte Property on the outskirts of Paris. Alongside 25 other artists I will be exhibiting some of my large paper artworks as well as demonstrating my paper folding skills.

I look forward to seeing you there!


Alhambra inspired stencils

When I look at art in museums and galleries I almost always wonder how it was made, how long it took, what the artist’s studio smelled like… seeing the finished result is only one piece of the process. I feel very lucky to be a part of this process when assisting Lucy McKenzie in her large-scale artwork. In February 2013 I spent some time in Lucy’s art studio in Brussels painting Alhambra inspired stencils on to giant canvases for her upcoming show in Amsterdam. It was hard enough not to make any mistakes (some patterns have complicated colour combinations), but laying each individual tile must have been a completely different experience for the original artisans. I can only imagine what the talented craftsmen were thinking while creating these amazing tessellations.

These oil paintings are only one element of Lucy’s solo show at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. I look forward to seeing them in-situ alongside the massive faux-marble blocks we painted too.

Here are some photos of the painting process so that you too can have a glimpse behind the scenes.

Simple Heart

Seeing as Valentine’s day is just around the corner, I can’t think of a better time to share my simple heart origami model with you. It should be rather easy to fold even if you have no paperfolding experience. Just take your time and follow the diagrams carefully.

Simple Heart

The simple heart is one of the models that will be included in my upcoming origami book, which should be available for purchase in the next few months. Please feel free to send me your comments. You can find out more information about the book on its website:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Download: Ioana Stoian – Heart PDF

Simple Heart


P.S. – You’ll need to use a square piece of paper for this design; either normal origami paper, or trim down a sheet to make a perfect square.

Best wishes for 2013!

To everyone who supports me and my work,

I wish you all a wonderful new year!

There are a number of interesting projects planned for 2013, but the one I’m most looking forward to is self-publishing my paperfolding designs. I’ve been working on my book for quite some time now and this year should see it’s launch – I am very excited indeed!


Installation for Salon Résonances

As usual the end of the year has approached at grande vitesse, time really does seem to fly!

One of the highlights of 2012 was participating in the Salon Résonances in Strasbourg. My partner, Eric Gjerde, and I were guests of honour at this wonderful art/artisan event which attracted over 16000 people in four days. Our collaborative piece received great attention with children and adults looking in disbelief at the 25m long installation exhibited in the center of the main hall.

This paper installation was based on one of Eric’s elaborate origami tessellations, however this is the first time we’ve taken one of his designs to such huge dimensions. Together, we folded this organic creation: 42 meters of paper containing over 19000 folds and 3km of creases! I think this may even be the largest piece of origami ever folded.

As you can imagine, many hours, days, and months of intense concentration were necessary in producing this creation. We both enjoyed working on such a huge scale and welcome large installation opportunities in the UK and abroad.

The lovely black and whte photos were taken by our friend Peak who came by to offer her support. She is a Strasbourg-based photographer from Los Angeles.

Salon Résonance

Salon Résonance

I’m pleased to announce that my partner Eric Gjerde and I are ‘guests of honour’ at the Salon Résonance which will take place in Strasbourg from the 9th to 12th November 2012.  Along with over 150 artists we will be exhibiting a very large origami tessellation (40m of paper) and a whole range of our artworks will be on show and for sale.

If you’d like further information you can click on the following link. (look for the English flag in the upper right corner to switch languages)

We look forward to seeing you!


Room Restoration


Quality is what I always strive to achieve; from painting a piece of furniture, to completely refurbishing a living space.

I was called in to refurbish this large room in a period Victorian house. At the time, the room had very poor walls and the colour scheme was rather dated. After making the walls sound, and restoring the surfaces, I chose more contemporary tones that connected this room with the beautiful garden outside.

Three years on, I visited the client for a different project, and was pleased to see the space was exactly the same as I left it- a healthy, relaxing room, still enjoyed on a daily basis. I believe in working to the highest standards with the highest quality paints; this allows my clients the luxury of choosing to redecorate when they want to, rather than when they must. This room will remain sound for years to come.

Shabby Chic French Table


While clearing out my atelier last week, I rediscovered this elegant old French table stuck in corner. It’s a very sturdy, well made piece of furniture, but had seen better days and was in need of a little TLC. After a good clean and a thorough sand-down, it has been painted in a couple of coats of Annie Sloan Paris Grey chalk paint. I decided to use the natural imperfections to achieve a slightly distressed look.