Origami Lab: Have Fun with Paperwork

Origami Lab: Have Fun with Paperwork

Origami is a skillful technique of folding paper in the shapes of cranes, flowers and other objects. The word origami has derived from the Japanese verb oru (fold) and noun kami (paper). It has been practiced in traditional form for many years, yet craftsmen continue to come up with new ideas for the unique shapes and designs. The art of creating paper designs can be traced back to China, where it was developed over a thousand years ago and brought to Japan to make a real splash. Thanks to Buddhist monks who first introduced origami technique to Japanese artisans, it was finally refined as an art form. No wonder that modern origami pieces are far beyond the dream. Many remarkable origami masters push the boundaries of the ancient folding techniques and create truly amazing paperwork. Could you imagine Gundam robots made of single piece of paper? Image 1: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkmochi/3067890365/in/photostream/ Author: Amy W

There are various types of origami that slightly differ in the materials or techniques used. If you are interested in origami art, you should start from the most important options like….


Wet folding!

Wet folding requires moistening paper in order to easily form curved surfaces and both soft and sharp creases. This technique introduced and developed by outstanding master Akira Yoshizawa allows to create origami designs with a textured, lifelike look. Wet folding sometimes is seen as a child of origami and sculpture because of the hand manipulation used after the completion of basic folds. Image 2: https://www.flickr.com/photos/josephwuorigami/2180151206/in/photostream/ Author: Joseph Wu

Lion (take 2)


Modular origami!

Modular origami includes multiple folded units combined into the complicated form. Connected by the tension of process, glue or tape, they can be used to create impressive models of mathematical objects. Even people who are not familiar with origami techniques have lidded origami boxes served as gift containers. Moreover, there is no person in Japan that does not know about kusudama ball (薬玉), made by sewing or gluing identically folded units together into a spherical shape. Image 3: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ardonik/3515122406/in/photostream/ Author: Ardonic


Action origami!

Action origami requires folding paper in a special way to make the completed models look animated. The typical shapes represent birds or butterflies with flapping wings and jumping frogs. Another good example is paper fortune teller covered with colors or numbers and containing eight flaps with hidden messages. The famous school prank, paper popper, capable to produce a loud popping noise also is action origami model. Image 4: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rodrigofavera/2635905521, Author: Rodrigo Della Favera



Visit Museums of Origami

Foreign travelers are welcome to visit the world’s largest Nippon Origami Museum located in Ishikawa prefecture. The exhibition comprises of over 100,000 paper items including those awarded with precious prizes in different competitions. Guests can use a microscope to see the smallest paper crane in the world made from a 0.1 x 0.1 mm square and take part in various origami classes. Location: HA-90-1 Kamomachi, Kaga-shi. Ishikawa prefecture. To get to the museum, you should drive 5 minutes from JR Kaga Onsen Station.

Website: http://www.origami-hakubutsukan.ne.jp

It is possible to experience traditional Japanese art at Origami House in Tokyo. They display wonderful pieces of paper design and books devoted to the origami techniques. Back room is usually packed with beginners participating in master classes. Location: near JR Toei Hakusan station, Tokyo.

Website: http://www.origamihouse.jp

Those who wish to get the last glimpse of origami art before departure can visit Origami Museum in Narita International Airport. It boasts over 400 items of traditional origami and sells origami books, paper and handmade souvenirs.

Location: Terminal 1, Central Building, 3rd floor, Narita International Airport.

Website: http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/shops/rest_shop/shop/floor_list/detail/t1cb03_t0002k.html Image 5: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andyatzert/9448489553 Author: Andy Atzert


How to Make Origami by Yourself

Anybody who ever tried to make an airplane from the failed exam paper and let it fly above the classmates’ heads can consider himself the origami beginner. All you need to create a paper masterpiece is your hands, paper and a clean surface to fold on.

Paper: the main material is piece of paper that comes in various grades, types, and sizes. For example, duo paper features different colors on the top and bottom and suits for models where both sides of the paper are visible. Traditional washi paper is made from plant fibers that make it more textured and softer. Foil paper is difficult to handle due to the creases that are easily made in a one wrong move.

Other tools: besides, you will need a ruler and pencil for measurements and glue in case of complicated modular shapes. Some origami masters prefer to use cutting mat instead of craft knife and bone-folder efficient in difficult folds.

Yes, no magic wand is required to turn plain white sheet into the elegant crane or delicious-looking cake. It is very easy to make simple pattern even if you are a newbie. Come on, let us show your hidden talent and create the lovely origami heart to please your sweetheart on the Valentine’s Day!

Step 1: Take the square piece of paper with pink or white side up.

Step 2: Fold the top corner to the bottom corner and unfold it.

Step 3: Fold the left corner to the right corner and unfold it.

Step 4: Fold the top corner to the center and bottom corner to the top edge.

Step 5: Fold the bottom right and left edges to the center, top and side corners back.

Step 6: Add some decorations or simply write lovely words on the back!

Image 6: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quirkyrocket/3289202582/in/photostream/ Author: quirkyrocket

Origami Hearts...

Share you passion for creative art and make some paper designs. In order to help you achieve the best results there are lot of video and photo tutorials for beginners scattered across the web. Start now – it is a lot of fun!

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