The New York Times needed a piece of art for a feature article on origami. So they turned to Joseph Wu.
"I was hired by them to produce an origami shark as an illustration for one of their articles. I get this sort of work from time to time," says Wu, 28.
Wu, an origami expert, has been experimenting with the ancient paper art since he was three-years-old. Although no one else in his family was experienced with origami, Wu was encouraged early-on by his father who gave him his first book.
Soon after starting, Wu found that he loved the craft.
"I like being able to make something from nothing," he says. "The process of creation is very enjoyable. Also, I like surprising people with what I can come up with."
Wu's passion for paperfolding continued as he became older. Using his years of experience, Wu was eventually able to create his own origami diagrams. His work resulted in a collection of diagrams including an armadillo, eagle, stegosaurus, and great white shark.
The diagrams, which are posted on Wu's origami website, began to attract outside attention. Origami, which had once been his hobby, turned into a small job. Various magazines and other publications have asked Wu to create origami especially for them.
"Most of my clients are in advertising and want models folded for magazine ads," Wu says. "Sometimes, I get hired to produce models for TV shows and movies, and occasionally even go on set to teach actors how to fold something."
His most recent job was for the FOX television series "Millenium".
Even with all this exposure and knowledge of origami Wu still finds it difficult to get some folds right.
"The models of origami grandmaster Yoshizawa Akira [are demanding]. They are not the most complicated, but getting the subtle shaping required to make the model look the way he intended it is extremely difficult," Wu says. "But difficult is hard to judge."