J. Edwards

Origami, a Japanese tradition of folding paper has always been something we’ve liked and were interested in; when we heard about Paper Matez, Urban Origami, we had to see what was up with it. We heard about Paper Matez when we first saw some little Nike Dunks made of paper hanging from DJ C’est la vie’s car rear view mirror. We checked out J.Edwards myspace and saw all the other Paper Matez and were amazed; it was the dopest and most unique things we’ve ever seen.  You have to be someone very special to beable to take an artform that is already technical and traditional to ANOTHER level. J. Edwards and his Paper Matez are changing the art game; Paper Matez isn’t the only type of art he does, he’s also a graphic designer, fashion designer for Soulful Commandoe, painter & sculptor. Like he said “I don’t just do art, I am art.” So let us introduce you to J. Edwards, twistin paper and we don’t mean a blunts!

How did PAPER MATEZ, urban origami come to life?

Oh how i wish i could tell you some ‘ol’ off the wall story about how the PAPER MATEZ came to be, but the fact is one day i was having an art day with my 5 year old cutting out paper dolls and she asked me how could we make better paper people. I had already made some Vans shoes out of some scrap cardboard with real laces just the year before not knowing just what to do with them they just sat on the wall in my workshop. then she said that the paper people should look like the characters I draw in my sketch books, or in her words “..make them look HIP_HOP..”.we put our minds together,her imagination and my ability. So i did a few raw sketches, then I had a date with V.I.C.C.I (his G5 Mac named after the robot form the 80’s T.V. show Small Wonder) fired up that Adobe Illustrator and started the designing and re-designing of the PAPER MATEZ templets.

How long have you been making PAPER MATEZ?
The PAPER MATEZ are only about a 2 years old,but the idea of origami is an ancient Japanese art form all to itself. All i did was try to mix old with the new by adding music, computer design ,street brand fashion and urban swagger into something my HIP -HOP heads could and would love and respect. The design and re-design took countless hours…V.I.C.C.I and i have a special relationship we’ve spent plenty of long days and lonely nights and far too many key strokes to count….i think i do well over a 3 thousand key stroke exercises a day, i got some buff strong ass fingers kid.(laughter).

 What do you enjoy most about making the PAPER MATEZ?
I would have to say its the reaction i get from people, no matter the age,color, or creed but,when O.G graff artist (KING 157 and MAN ONE) gave me props i knew i stumbled onto something bigger than myself. its kind of crazy tho, what people some fail to see is the time and geometry that goes into making just one PAPER MATEZ. Ittakes me about 8 hours to build just one and that’s not including the computer design and re-design and re-re-design. like 4 real i spend 8 plus hours cutting, folding and gluing paper and trust i got the paper cuts to prove it! but most of all…I enjoy turning thoughts into things. taking that idea and turning it into tangible good.

How did you feel seeing your art displayed at the gallery?
First I have to show love to (ONCE,SUMMER,JIMMY PAGE) Gallery 475 in Pomona for letting me show the PAPER MATEZ! second i want to say thanks to ONCE, KING 157 AND JIMMY PAGE for digging deep in there pockets and taking a chance on something new. now with that said…how did i feel seeing it displayed?…by no mean am i new to this gallery game, I have done gallery shows before, i paint, sculpt, and craft all sorts of random things, but this was different.i was unsure how my graffiti peers would react, so that first show i was hella nervous, but all that passed when i sold all three PAPER MATEZ within the first few hours. i completely geeked out after that!

What gets you up in the morning?
Funny you ask that.. cause i don’t sleep much at all now days. i log mad hours right now! i wake up about 8 a.m and get to bed about 5 a.m the next day (yawn). but really i just love what i do and i do what i love, that alone will get anybody out of bed any day of the week. GOD gave me a gift to create, a vision to see things when others don’t even have a clue, and time to do it…so i better get up and make it happen!

What makes your art different from other artist?
Thats a easy one…I dont just do art I am art! I live it each and everyday. My passion is to live, learn,teach,and create all that i can; and then give all the positive energy back to all those around me.i live my life by these simple rules…PRAYER, PATIENCE, PRACTICE, PREPARATION and PERSISTENCE will take you a long way, plus i am not just locked in to one style or medium. i try to do it all! paint, sculpt,urban fashion design,graphic design, animation, papercraft, origami, invent, write, freelance, silk screen, you name it. now i dont know if that makes me different from other artist. just be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Name 5 songs that describe your art?
Word, thats a good one! wow let me think for a second….
Labor- Aesop Rock
We Dont Need Education- Pink Floyd
Secrets From The Future- MC Frontalot (that real nerd-core HIP-HOP)
You Know My Steez- GangStar
Working 9 to 5- Dolly Parton!
and yes i said Dolly Parton that track is all about the grinding.

If fat means greasie what does skinny mean?
Tough! i guess…? man i might think outside the box,but even that question got me wondering on some “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around does it make a sound.” that one just hit me like a brick to my face!

Where do you see your art taking you?
From L.A to the Bay, from Japan to Paris, from the N.Y back the the I.E! But its more about the getting my art up and the people i meet than the spots ive been or have yet to go. but dont get it twisted when i get to those spots I’ll send you a postcard.(laughter)

When I say raw passion, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Listening to what your soul tells you to do. its a strong and barely controllable emotion why fight it.

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40 Responses to “J. Edwards”

  1. dope shit kat thanks for hiting me up … peace once

  2. people need to check out gallery 475 in pomona 475 w. 2nd st. pomona ca. 91766 909 4691390 .call for more show coming up

  3. Great job…J.Edwards do your damn thang! Getting the PAPER MATEZ out to the world one sheet at a time…

    Missy

    For more info, questions or orders contact Melissa at SEW What Managment, J.Edward’s representation at 909-730-8512.

  4. OMGosh J….AWESOME! You are simply, AWESOME. Keep getting the job done, I’m cheering you on : )

  5. Big ups player! People are still diggen the “Know Class” paper matez I got. Be cool homie.
    peace,
    Jimmy Page

  6. Love, Love, Love the sneakers. This is madd fresh, can’t wait to see more!

  7. Thats awesome J. Cant wait to have an original J.Edwards painting!!! Keep it up homeboy :)

    One
    ~Yvette

  8. Fresh interview. Keep up the magnificent work.

  9. good shit kid…i’ve always had faith in you yo…just watchin you build up your passion is freakin AMAZING…u know i always got ya back son…keep it up!!

  10. i wish i had a good enough memory to thank everyone by name…but the fact is it would take a lifetime to thank all the folks that helped me get to where i am now with this art. so to keep it short… A BIG THANKS TO ALl FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!

  11. Freshest new art I’ve seen in a while…very innovative and still hiphop!!! Saw the display at Gallery 475 and was blown away!!! Very Disappointed I could cop one back then….Peace…Rank

  12. Yo man! You truly have a great talent. Keep doing yo thang man! If you need anything just let me know, I got you! I still want my tat! lol

  13. What can I say, He is a maestro of the paper chase.
    When a man can paint a woman and make her look more beautiful on paper, that’s genius!

    PAPER MATEZ LET’S GO!

  14. This is fresh for real, and very unique. Big up’s to JEdwards!!!

  15. I have seen J. Edwards urban origami in Gallery 475 on 2nd. St. in Pomona, CA. A lot of the art in that neighborhood is tired and played out but J. Edwards is always bringing new and unique origami creations. I love em!!!

    david
    miramarlongboards.com

  16. J…J…J…WOW This is really good. I am so proud of you. Everything you do is very unique and you are on your way to stardom!!! I can see it in the near future.
    Keep up the good work.
    Your other mom…aka stanleysnana

  17. Excellent work my man!!! You need to come up to Portland… ill be back in Pomoona in Aug have any shows lined up?

  18. damn dude! such a breath of fresh air, i can dig it!

  19. J you are a very, very talented man. Your art work is very original, enlighting and your passion about it is refreshing. Silently you are an inspiration to many.

  20. Dope shit as always my man!

  21. When he runs out of sharpie fluid, he folds the paper!!! His work is unlike anything I’ve ever seen!! So original, SUPER fresh!! Your going places mister, just don’t forget to send me postcards. =D

    Keep Shinin’,
    DJ C’est La Vie
    Aka Mon Amie

  22. I’m proud to say I’m a lucky owner of one of the Paper Matez, I love everything about J’s art and I’m always here to support!!

    Rhonda

  23. Congratulations on the interview. Much love and success.

  24. I WANT A PAER MATE EVERYONE SHOULD WANT ONE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD…… U MY BOY BLUE!!!!!

  25. This is mos def by far some of the illest and creative art i’ve ever seen… i would love to have the NHI set to go in my house! i’ll pay thousands! jus get me them!!!

  26. Sooo proud of you joveezy. Your art and creations are amazing and now everyone can see your wonderful and creative creations.
    Much love
    V Dog Loc a.k.a. Vanessa

  27. WOW! AGAIN THANKS EVERYBODY FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT!

  28. I love the philosophy. Let me give you one more. “TENACITY” The idea that no matter what you will continue. Proud of you “J”

  29. I must say, that through it all, I am very proud of u and all that u have accomplished, regardless of what goes down between u and I… know that I’ll always want the best for u!!! Keep up the good work Homie!!!

    “Someone” once told me ‘always shoot 4 the moon that way, if u miss u’ll b amongst the stars,’ but, because ur one of a kind…. u will reach what u aim for !!

  30. I think your work is amazing. I hope to be able to catch a live viewing of your material when I´m in town.

  31. I like the different, abstract types of art that you do. It has only your fingerprint. It opens me up to see more of what you can do.

  32. “Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose–
    a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye”.
    -Mary Shelley

    Amazing work J.-you bring it to a new level….and motivate the rest of us to step it up.

  33. Joveeeez!! Your work is super fresh and your creativity is SO wonderful to see. You are definitely on your way to imprinting the world! Let em know :)…

    ~Fal

  34. this is some of the most innovative art i’ve ever seen!! seriously, it’s so different from what others are doing. i can’t wait to be “paperized” (waiting on that)

  35. MR MIKE/DILLA IN THE PLACE SHOWING LOVE THE BEST I CAN. IF U DONT KNOW IM THE HITMAKER THAT DOES ALL OF J. EDWARD’S MUSIC. COME OVER TO MY SPACE AND CHECK THE NEW MIXTAPE STAY TUNED. HOT AND FUN LIKE I LIKE MY LADIES AND MY MIXTAPE. LOL. ALSO DID A SONG WITH MJ THE KING OF POP AND HIS TRIBUTE. AND I KEEP BEATS ON LOCK . LET ME KNOW. LUCH LOVE FAM. KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME. IM DOING IT THAT WELL. PEACE.

    have to watch the vidoe.

  36. I get a good quotation today! thanks! you inspire me

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  38. Good shit fam…… my fav is still sole of a killer! Missed you @ tha spot that one Monday….. see you soon Jo-veezy!

  39. That’s whats up!!! So proud of u!!!

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