With lockdown beginning to ease, there will be many who’ll be happy to venture outside again. And with many stores beginning to re-open, even at a reduced capacity, it would seem things are beginning to go back to some semblance of normality. But, dear reader, let this not be a time to get complacent in your quest to try new things! And this week, we will discuss one of the oldest art forms known: origami.
In essence, origami is the fancy name given to art of paper folding, but, as pedestrian as that may sound, there is a lot more to it than that. Thought to originate from Japan, origami, by definition is “the goal of transforming a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques”. These can be as simple or as intricate as the artist likes, from a simple paper airplane – yes, that counts as origami – to something as complex as the Cerberus in the picture below.
What makes origami so great is just how simple the technique is. All that is required is a square sheet of paper – this can technically be as large or as small as you like – and some instructions and you can make a piece of art. For children it can also help with their hand/eye co-ordination, as more difficult models will require some very precise folding.
It’s quite surprising just how versatile the art form can be. You can literally make anything. The most famous design is that of the Japanese paper crane and for anyone who has seen the film Blade Runner can testify, it’s quite possible to make a unicorn. Just a quick search on google will list literally thousands of instructions for designs of your choosing.
So why not give it a try? Mess up on a tricky fold? Simple – just unfold and try again. And while you’re at it, why not send us your examples? We would love to see how creative you can be!
Here are a few instructions to get you started: