Kami Ryoku

Kami Ryoku

Traditional origami with a Modern Flair

Kami Ryoku

These pieces are custom handmade Origami dolls that have been framed. Most often, I will use shadow boxes to best showcase my designs.

Origami is the art of folding paper. (Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”)). Kami Ryoku translates directly to Paper Strength. These creations leverage traditional origami dolls and adds a modern flair.

About the Artist

Lisa Davies is a Chicago artist who has been creating origami since her awkward teenage years. She was born and raised in a small village in Nova Scotia Canada. Lisa learned origami from a kind teacher who spoke very little English and the high points of Lisa’s week were working at a table in this teacher’s home where they would prep the paper and help with color matching. After moving to Alabama, Lisa built her own similar table and is now used by her niece and nephew. After learning and cherishing these early creations, which hang in her home today, she started creating again in 2016.

Lisa often mixes origami paper, fabric, handmade papers, dried flowers, and wood to produce the final product. She likes to draw outside the lines as well by incorporating the mats and the frame itself into her art pieces as opposed to using them as simply a frame and a background.

Strength in body and mind are key aspects to Lisa’s approach. She studied Karate in her teenage years; then later found Aikido, which she studies to date and has achieved her second-degree black belt. Lisa’s primary fitness is now power lifting in her home gym. She regularly crushes it with a pink weight belt!! Staying true to strength in both body and mind, Mindfulness is also a regular practice freeing her mind of many constraints (blue skies).