Origami - the art of paper folding

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Origami is a traditional Japanese art of creating artworks out of paper. The aesthetically pleasing creations follow strict forms of folding very impressive works can result. Origami has many applications.

Origami - the art of paper folding

The name origami derives from the combination of "ori" - meaning "folding" and "kami" which means paper. Thus origami is the ancient and traditional art of making artworks out of folded paper. Although the original traditional origami of the 17th century included cutting the paper and other variations, the 20th century saw the appearance of a purist form of origami. This form assumed that only folding be used and not cutting. In addition, all creations were supposed to derive from a square shape.

Branches of origami

Many branches of origami subsequently developed including:
Kirigami - the art of paper cutting
Action origami - where creations have some measure of movement (e.g. flapping wings)
Modular origami - where creations are based on different pieces which are put together (classically - without the use of glue or other adhesives)
Wet folding origami - Where water is used to create more rounded creases that give a more lifelike appearance to such things as folded animals
Computerized origami - this is actually many different braches, some more focused on the mathematical aspect, some on reverse engineering of folds and some on converting paper origami into different materials.

Applications of origami

Origami has several practical applications. It is used to encourage development of creativity and motor skills in children. Many decorations and art pieces are based on origami folds. Solar panels to be deployed in space are folded on Earth using special origami techniques. These are then subsequently unfolded in space for deployment. Even around the house, I have often found origami to be useful for solving small problems around the house - like the lack of an envelope, a small storage box, postcards and similar applications.

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Art, Crane, Japanese, Origami, Paper Folding, Papercraft

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Nov 2013 (#)

Origami is a very clever and simple art form

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author avatar Legend
12th Nov 2013 (#)

You are so right Mark, When I used to teach art courses, i would always give a lesson or two on basic origami. Nonetheless, the more complex folds are sometimes far from simple.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Nov 2013 (#)

great post...thank you...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Lovely written page... and what a lovely art form!

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author avatar vellur
12th Nov 2013 (#)

Informative post, interesting paper art.

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author avatar Retired
19th Nov 2013 (#)

How interesting. My Origami efforts are always hopeless though!

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author avatar Legend
19th Nov 2013 (#)

Oh, Ann, for the simpler designs it is really just an issue of folding precisely and the results are certainly rewarding!

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