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Paper craft techniques – Origami, from history to the future

Paper craft techniques – handmade hobby that make you happy

Good day my friend! I hope this post will inspire you to start some crafting hobbies in life. All the handcraft hobbies can be learned online and practice at home. Mine is quilling and I hope you can find yours. Spending your time & creativity to your work will lift up your day. It doesn’t matter what you do, the outcome will always be wonderful like holding your self-made treasures in hand. Only the paper techniques will be listed in here, let’s go!

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Unfold the story of origami, a hundred year old craft 

What is Origami?

Origami is the most well-known paper craft technique in the world. It comes from two Japanese words, “ori” means folding and “kami” means paper. Technically, the techniques is paper-folding in which the artist will fold the paper to create various types of sculptures. The process turning one flat piece of paper into an intricate tree dimensional shapes requires mathematic precision on creating many geometric patterns that emphasize the transformation to desired forms.

Senbazuru Orikata 1797

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The Senbazuru Orikata is a book of origami designs, woodcuts and poetry published in Kyoto, Japan in 1797
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Ancient instruction on origami

The development of Origami

It is hard to tell the origin of the origami techniques. Folding paper were a popular ancient art craft back in history. The technique is found in China, Japan and many countries in Europe. Despite all the discussion, the longest history of origami was found in Japan back to 1680, through the writing of Ihara Saikaku. The art was used into traditions of wedding, gifts and especially religious ceremonies. In 1798, the very first origami book, Hidden Senbazuru Orikata, A Thousand Cranes and How to Fold Them was published by Akisato Rito. Back then, the origami technique was simple. Artists use mental algorithms that they knew it is going to work and create abstract representations like the familiar bird, fish, frog, kite and especially flapping crane, the most well-known origami pattern.
Then along came Akira Yoshizawa (1911 – 2005), the father of modern origami. He invented the rules of Sosaku origami in 20th century, a creative paper-folding, which require strict adherence to establish folding patterns. This has changed the recognition of the underlying mathematics and application of an algorithmic approach to folding, enable the exchanges of ideas and spread origami to the West and all around the world.

Nowadays, when people talk about the most complex origami, they think of Robert Lang. He spent his life researching and practicing the craft art. In 2001, he wrote a famous book: Origami Design Secret: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art. This book spread Lang’s theories of ‘circle packing’ and ‘molecules’ in origami that inspire many people started in designing complex origami. The origami, now, is not only an art craft hobbies, but also a mathematic application to solve many problems in life.

Akira Yoshizawa (1911 - 2005)

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Akira Yoshizawa (1911 - 2005), a father of modern origami

Robert Lang

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Robert Lang adds mathematic method into modern origami

A NASA’s solar shroud, a medical device manufacturer on a mesh heart-support implant, an automotive engineering firm on airbag computer simulations, a cell phone maker wanting to get the antenna to fit inside the phone body, all of them have changed our life and unfold the origami secret for scientific application in the future.

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