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Michael Lai


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Michael’s work explores the intersection of art and science, with an emphasis on the applications of concepts and techniques that can be used to improve mental health and well-being. One of the pioneers of experimenting with flower petals in origami, he is currently working using traditional and modern origami techniques to introduce the concept of ‘mental fitness’ to the general public.

Michael’s past projects include ‘The Hanakami (花紙) Cranes Collection’, a series of photographic prints and artworks from his 2017 ‘Hanakami Cranes and Micro-Terrariums’ exhibition.

Artist statement: Art and science are no more separate disciplines than happiness and sadness are unrelated emotions – without one you cannot truly appreciate or experience the beauty and mystery of the other.

Past Exhibits

Hanakami (花紙) cranes and micro-terrariums
– Toowoong Public Library (2017)
– Brisbane Square Library (2016)
– Hanasho Gallery (2015)


Mental Fitness Through Origami
Origami Workshop Brisbane City Council


Profile photo by Caroline Andreolle © 2015 Sphynge Photography. All rights reserved

Artwork photo by Molly Sui, James Shields and Francis Scott

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