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  • Book Title: Modern Origami
  • ISBN 13: 9780486149028
  • ISBN 10: 0486149021
  • Author: Dr. James Minoru Sakoda
  • Category: Crafts & Hobbies
  • Category (general): Hobbies
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • Format & Number of pages: 160 pages, book
  • Synopsis: origami, when properly framed, could pass as art work. ORIGAMI FLOWER ARRANGEMENT In 1992 I selfpublished a book titled Origami Flower Arrangement. The flowers, stems and leaves of the models were all made of foil paper. As with ...

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Paul's favorite Origami authors and some of their books:

John Montroll: The master of modern origami, with the best illustrated complex models, some of which are sculpted, and others utilize the colors of both paper sides.
Origami for the Enthusiast ISBN 0-486-23799-0
Origami Sculptures ISBN 0-486-26587-0
Prehistoric Origami ISBN 1-877656-01-1
Origami Sea Life (co-authored with Robert Lang) ISBN 1-877656-03-8

Robert Lang: Crafter of innovative, well documented complex models, often three-dimensional and very detailed (some begin with rectangles).
The Complete Book of Origami ISBN 0-486-25837-8
Origami Insects and Their Kin ISBN 0-486-28602-9

Peter Engel: Fascinating mathmatician and creator, a bit more stylized in his paper works, and his results are stunning.
Origami from Angelfish to Zen ISBN 0-486-28138-8

Fuse: The Japanese "Modular Queen," as she is known, devises prolific and wonderous 3-D objects: boxes, spirals, fans, and polyhedrons.
Boxes, Boxes, Boxes ISBN 4-416-38716-4
Sprials ISBN 4-480-87202-7

Origami resources on the Net: Last revised: May 04, 1998




Origami paper - History of origami - Origami in modern life

History of Origami - Origami in modern life. Origami in modern life.

We are associated with a paper from our earliest days until the end of life. Today, kids are faced with sheets of this material is much earlier than the start to learn to write or read. The child vomits, crumples it, trying to make a sheet of the desired shape. This material is available and cheap, so it can be without fear of trusting children.

Other amenities such employment for a child is something that the paper is easy to any deformations. And after class for a long time and keeps well defined shape. It is used today in many educational and developmental techniques.

With the help of various origami techniques can easily develop children imaginative and logical thinking, imagination and intellect, ingenuity and imagination. At the same time it is done completely transparent to the baby in the form of games and interesting time spending.

Using elements of origami in other subjects will greatly simplify the learning process, and will diversify its encouraging children to engage. Leaving the lesson, the child will long remember the joy that gave him an interesting, unusual occupation.

In 1941 in Japan, was published the first textbook on origami for schoolchildren. This tutorial is interesting because it long has won attention and confidence of teachers and students. It covers many different methods of folding the figures of the paper. In this figure ranged from the simple to the sophisticated shops of the original techniques.

Origami can be very productive use of the learning process. With his help students quickly learn the math (especially its section - the geometry, because the concept of geometric shapes is the basis of all methods). Paper technology will help to understand the other exact sciences, the basic architecture and other arts.

Learning the basics of origami, they are easily able to see and apply it to reflect in such spheres as advertising, tableware, gift packing and many others. In the early twentieth century, origami has been extremely fashion trends.

Therefore, the girls in the compulsory taught different techniques of folding the figures of the paper, as it was thought that any educated woman should possess these skills. In a period of origami has been a compulsory subject in girls' schools. But then the teachers thought it was a futile exercise and uninteresting.

Turning to origami, all teachers may find it necessary psychological and developmental aspects that are not always easy to find in the usual classical education. Classes in this art improves coordination, logic, constructive and artistic thinking of children.

On the other hand origami is actively used in the entertainment industry and holidays. It is worth remembering only the tradition of New Year celebrations in many countries. It was in this period of origami comes alive every time with renewed vigor. Figures from the paper suddenly zapolonyayut all around and bring a sense of celebration in the home and on the streets.

Origami is often used in decorating the Christmas tree, which not only greatly reduce the cost of the celebration, but also take a restless child interesting and exciting experience.

In many cities, the tradition has become a huge pavilion to place a Christmas tree which is decorated entirely origamnymi figurines, which are brought to her from all over the world. This tree is a "tree of peace" during the Christmas holidays. This tree is a symbol of union of peoples, peace and the fact that the entire population of the globe, united, free to perform a miracle.

Not just toys, but the trees themselves are now made of paper. Not so long ago in the U.S. with the support of nature protection societies were created unusual - the whole paper - the Christmas tree. Starting a U.S. "green" was picked up European counterparts. And now origamnye fir can be found throughout the world.

The biggest of them was created in 1993 in the Netherlands. The city Eyndovene in the central pavilion was a 15-foot Christmas tree paper. The tree was decorated with innumerable variety of colorful paper toys.

Yet New Year's Eve did not remain the only holiday origami. In the United States, North Carolina hosts an annual week-long festival of origami. Was first initiated this action has become a very famous American showman and producer Jonathan Baxter. He's in his hometown of Charlotte annually arranges a performance in which all the roles given to the paper.

The celebration is always involved and the local population. Children and adults stacked set of paper figures and decorate their houses and halls, streets and their homes. Each year, Baxter presents his city a wonderful surprise from the paper. Once it was the airport is fully decorated with origami.

And in some year in the main lobby of a tyrannosaur skeleton was displayed in full size, all made of paper. So that the limit of human imagination and the possibilities of paper no.



Modern origami

design & photo jun mitani

Jun Mitani is a computer engineer, but he’s also a paper artisan; he designs origami pieces with computer programs that he develops himself. Seems complicated. Not for him, as he explained to us: « My speciality in the field of computer graphics is geometric modeling, so it’s not difficult for me to develop computer programs for designing origami once the underlying theory of origami geometry is clarified. »

The beauty of his creations might be in the clearness and smooth complexity of the shapes, almost just curves.
The form is completely calculated by computer, it looks like an impossible things to make with just one piece of paper, but it is; Jun first start to work on his program, explores variety of origami shapes before he began to fold a sheet of real paper.The programs generate a crease pattern (a pattern of valley fold lines and mountain fold lines).

The pattern is scored on a sheet of paper by a cutting plotter. With these digital devices, now these sophisticated origami pieces are realized.

That’s why his art work is not just the folded origami pieces but also the software programs.Recently,Jun Mitani collaborated to »132 5. Issey Mikake » collection.Those three-dimensional garments are not cut or sewn but folded with permanent pleats. Invisible snaps allow the garment to be adjusted and fitted to the body.

Jun Mitani creations are really at the confluence of Art & Science, one of the long term trend for the future.

Text by Caroline Aufort.

design & photo jun mitani



Origamic Architecture (Pop-Up Card) Books

Origamic Architecture
Pop-Up Card Books

If you decide to purchase one of these books, please use the links from this page. Amazon.com provides exceptional pricing and service and a small referral fee will be paid to support this site and a local Japanese arts organization, Arizona Aikido .

Many of these books are now out-of-print or, are not distributed in the U.S.A. and Europe. If you are unable to find specific titles, we may be able to special-order them from our suppliers. Call or email us with the titles of the books you want and we will respond with pricing and availability.

Japan Publications Trading / Paperback / Published September 15, 2006 The latest from Keiko Nakazawa inlcudes 60 patterns for garden scenes, flowers, seasonal and holiday designs, kabuki motifs, scenes from old Japan, abstract designs based on the theme of light and shadow, scenes from life, popular animals, and gift cards.

This book has patterns for many of the popular OA-style pop-up cards from Hilltop Studios. Three of the four planned volumes are now available.

Ingrid Siliakus, Maria "Marivi" Victoria Garrido Bianchini and, Joyce Aysta / Spiral-Bound Hardcover / Published February 2009

This gorgeous book starts with several pages of basic and general assembly instructions. However, each model includes detailed construction directions, along with detailed notes and statistics about the real structures. There are, of course, photos of the buildings and, excellent-quality full-page photos of the completed OA models.

Good OAers clearly had a hand in the book design. Being hard-covered spiral-bound, it lays nice and flat. Pattern pages collected in the back of the book are perforated for easy removal.

All three authors have announcements on their sites with additional details, including lists of all the patterns in the book. The authors are also selling signed copies directly from their sites. For more see: [Ingrid Siliakus ] [Joyce Aysta ] [María Victoria Garrido Bianchini ].

Hamid N. Zadeh / Hardcover / Published 2006 Origamic architecture pop-ups recreate Bam Citadel, an ancient Persian architectural wonder, in twelve laser-cut pop-ups. Each pop-up is accompanied by a color photo of the actual location and, text describing the function and history of that part of the citadel. This is an actual OA-style pop-up book, not a pattern book. Each spiral-bound hardback is wrapped in a full color dust jacket and boxed. This is a limited edition of only 1,200 copies. This work is a labor of love and, a treasure for the OA enthusiast

Hamid N. Zadeh / Hardcover / Published 2007 Pop-ups of 21 (10 in volume 1, 11 in volume 2) original California missions founded by the Franciscan missionaries during the 18th century. Each pop-up is accompanied by color photos of the actual mission, and text describing the history of that mission. This is an actual OA-style pop-up book, not a pattern book. Each spiral-bound hardback is wrapped in a full color dust jacket and boxed. This work is a labor of love and, a treasure for the OA enthusiast

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1984 This book has a lot of text designs, both in English and Japanese. There are 20 full-size patterns in the collection but, there are 79 more reduced-size patterns. Most of the designs are pretty simple and are suited for intermediate origamic architects.

Diego Uribe / Paperback / Published 1994 A book of fractals turned into 90-degree OA-style pop-up cards.

Great American Buildings:
Origami Cutouts of Everybody's Favorite Landmarks

Masahiro Chatani, Keiko Nakazawa / Paperback / Published 1991 Great American buildings is larger than the other OA books by Professor Chatani, coming in at 14 1/4 by 10 1/8 inches. There are 25 patterns, all but two being of the 90-degree style. All of the buildings are in the United States of America and are weighted heavily toward New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. There are architectural and historic notes, as well as model construction tips, for each of the designs. The usual construction instructions are included and an End Note in which Professor Chatani comments on architecture in the U.S.A.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published. / 4-277-75306-X I have not seen this book myself. Everything I know about it is here. If you know more, please let me know.

Joan Irvine, Barbara Reid (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published March 1988

Joan Irvine, Linda Hendry (Illustrator) / Paperback / Published 1992

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published. / 4-277-75317-5 I have not seen this book myself. Everything I know about it is here. If you know more, please let me know.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1985 by Shokokusha This difficult-to-find book includes 40 different patterns, mostly of the 180-degree type, including the famous Cathedral, Casablanca, and Golden Gate Bridge designs. There are also a number of abstract, tessellation-style designs. Not all of the designs include full-size patterns. Some are presented at smaller sizes. A section in the front features photos of various OA cards sent to Professor Chatani by other enthusiasts. A comparatively long section at the end of the book includes a history of OA (up until the book's publication in 1985) and outlines techniques for creating new OA designs. Note that the details of this book (binding, publisher, publication date, etc.) are not correct on some commercial sites.

Jeffrey Rutzky / Paperback / Published August 2007 by Barnes & Noble While the first part of Jeffrey Rutzky's new book covers more traditional kirigami (flat, cut paper designs), a major portion of the book is dedicated to origamic architecture. There are models from several OA designers, including Eric Gjerde, Keiko Nakazawa, Masahiro Chatani, Ramin Razani, René Bui, Laura Badalucco, Magdalena Jonikas, Chris Hankinson, Jagoda Djuran, Tatyana Stolyarova, and Willem Boning. Background and explanatory text mentions several others, along with pictures of some of their work. There is also an excellent resources section. The patterns are geared toward beginners and have a little more detail in the instructions than the typical OA pattern book.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published. / ISBN 4-277-75301-9 I have not seen this book myself. Everything I know about it is here. If you know more, please let me know.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published. / ISBN 4-277-75321-3 I have not seen this book myself. Everything I know about it is here. If you know more, please let me know.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1985 This one has a number of constructed pop-up cards. Unlike most of the origamic architecture, these are created from several sheets of paper and assembled. The sphere, pagoda, pond lily, and Tower of Babel are nice. There are a few interesting abstract designs and a couple of nice architectural pieces (a Greco-Roman "Open-Air Theatre," the Tower of Babel, and a band shell.) The animals in this one are all of the same style, one I find rather disappointing.

Origami Architecture:
American Houses Pre-Colonial to Present

Masahiro Chatani, / Paperback / Published 1988 The patterns in this book are all of the single-sheet, cut-and-folded variety. Some of them, such as the Carson Mansion are deliciously complex. Of particular note are the Carson Mansion. Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. and Peter Eisenman's House IV. What makes this book a must-have is Chatani's 2-page section on origamic architecture pop-up card design. He details a step-by-step procedure to be used in modeling a building for origamic architecture.

Masahiro Chatani and Keiko Nakazawa / Paperback / Published 1998 This book has 46 patterns including 12 180-degree floral designs, 6 0-degree cards, 8 multi-piece 180-degree flowers, 6 90-degree floral designs, 3 multi-piece 180-degree Chinese zodiac designs based on the sphere and box designs, a horizontal-format 90-degree dragon, and a number of stylized playful animal designs (90 and 180 degree). This book will have something for a range of skills. Some of the designs have complex outlines but, are fairly tolerant of minor errors, making them suitable for beginners. The multi-piece designs are definitely advanced. I would not recommend this one as a first origamic architecture book for those who do not read Japanese since there are no English translations.

Ingrid Siliakus / Paperback / Published 2002 This is a collection of exquisite pop-up card patterns by artist Ingrid Siliakus. Her work was recently featured in an exhibit at the American Craft Museum in New York, alongside that of other OA luminaries. It drew rave reviews.

In addition to the intricately detailed patterns, the book features clear, step-by-step instructions for constructing the cards and colorful historical notes and commentary by the author.

The book includes patterns for a Canal House, Our Blessed Lady Cathedral of Antwerp, City Hall of Brugges, Central Station Amsterdam, Museum of Groningen, Saint Hubert Hunting Lodge, NEMO, Rietveld-Schröder House, Watergate of Sneek, and the Houses of Parliament in The Hague.

There are pictures of the finished cards on the book's promotional page.

Origami Architecture from Building to Card, with a full English translation of the text, is available on-line through the Evermore Design Shop.

Origamic Architecture Goes Modern
Building Masterpieces

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1991 Professor Masahiro Chatani's 8th book chronicles the works of a number of modern architects in OA. Eight is a number expressing increasing fortune and prosperity in traditional Japanese culture. It is clear that a lot of effort and attention went into this book and the designs within. Professor Chatani has made a hobby of reproducing the works of various master architects in OA and seeking their signatures. This book includes 16 normal OA patterns, and more than 75 reduced-size patterns. There is also a chronological table of architects with their signature status in Professor Chatani's collection as of 1991. In addition to the usual instructions on constructing the models, there are some brief comments on technique for designing your own. Though many of the designs in this book will require moderate to advanced skill levels to construct, it would make a fine addition to any OA collection.

Origamic Architecture Goes
World Famous Buildings

Masahiro Chatani and Takaaki Kihara / Paperback / Published 1999 This book includes patterns for 66 different cards depicting the world-famous buildings described in the title. Professor Kihara has contributed particularly detailed instructions for constructing the cards, including very precise specifications for recommended materials and tools. This book also introduces a new style of 180-degree card created by cutting and raising portions of the base, and brief instructions for an embossing technique. Note that the title of this book does not link to an Amazon.com purchase page.

Origamic Architecture:
Tour of Kyoto

Masahiro Chatani and Keiko Nakazawa / Paperback / Published 1994 This book has 55 patterns from around Kyoto, Japan. There are a couple of 180-degree flowers, some landscapes, abstracts, three statues of Bosatsu (a Buddhist saint), a mounted samurai, several mon (Japanese family crests), three Noh theater masks, famous temples and other structures. There are notes about the designs in both English and Japanese. There are also short bios of Professors Chatani and Nakazawa, including a list of exhibitions and publications, and the traditional construction instructions. A few of the designs are probably suitable for beginners while most are in the intermediate skill range.

Origamic Architecture:
Tour of Nara, Ancient Capital of Japan

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1994 If you like traditional Japanese architecture, this is the OA book for you! Thirty-three patterns reflect the titular subject in temples, shrines, statuary, and nature scenes. The designs reflect the classic, clean lines of the traditional Japanese aesthetic. This is a great book, if you can find it.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1987 In this sixth volume of Masahiro Chatani's origamic architecture work, he presents 24 patterns for buildings all over the world. Most (21) are the traditional 90-degree style, while 3 are of the new 180-degree style. Among the designs are the well-know Disneyland Castle of Sleeping Beauty and the Statue of Liberty. In his stream-of-consciousness Prologue, Professor Chatani reminisces about some of his international travels and its influence on the philosophy behind his origamic architecture work.

Ingrid Siliakus, Maria "Marivi" Victoria Garrido Bianchini and, Joyce Aysta / Spiral-Bound Hardcover / Published February 2009

This gorgeous book starts with several pages of basic and general assembly instructions. However, each model includes detailed construction directions, along with detailed notes and statistics about the real structures. There are, of course, photos of the buildings and, excellent-quality full-page photos of the completed OA models.

Good OAers clearly had a hand in the book design. Being hard-covered spiral-bound, it lays nice and flat. Pattern pages collected in the back of the book are perforated for easy removal.

All three authors have announcements on their sites with additional details, including lists of all the patterns in the book. The authors are also selling signed copies directly from their sites. For more see: [Ingrid Siliakus ] [Joyce Aysta ] [María Victoria Garrido Bianchini ].

Mark Hiner / Paperback / Published 1986

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1988 This one contains patterns for 12 different castles and palaces (Japanese and European,) various abstract forms, flowers and animals, and all of the names of the months. I'm not as fond of the flowers and animals in this one but, the castles and palaces are exceptional and several of the abstract forms are quite impressive. This one is worth it just for the castles!

Paperback / Published 1989

Masahiro Chatani, Keiko Nakazawa / Paperback / Published 1989 This book has 33 patterns, mostly animals, insects, and plants. There are six 180-degree multi-piece flower designs. Includes a section titled "News from the World of Origamic Architecture" with Masahiro Chatani's comments on his reception in the European Origami community and his hopes for the future of architecture and origamic architecture. That section includes a few small black-and-white photos of cards created by other OA artists. A lot of the designs are suitable for beginner to intermediate skill levels, the 180-degree multi-piece flowers are definitely a bit more advanced.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1986
(Out of Print) This is my favorite of the Chatani books I've seen. The designs in this one are exquisite! It's hard to even pick out favorites. The top five would be the Butterfly. beautiful in it's Japanese austerity; Cascade. an abstraction of a waterfall; Blocks. "triangular abstractions of a cube"; Cliff House. reminiscent of the pueblos of the Southwestern United States; and Water Gate. not the hotel but, based on a design for a house that would control the flow of a river, developed by a French architect named Ledoux during the reign of Louis 16.

Masahiro Chatani, Keiko Nakazawa / Paperback / Published 1986 This book is similar in style to volume 1 and includes 29 patterns. There are 17 90-degree designs, 8 multi-piece 180-degree designs, 2 180-degree designs, and 2 multi-piece 360-degree designs. Hilights include the Ponte di Rialto, Venezi; Kiss; and Diagonal Steps patterns. There is a short (3 page) instructional section with comments on specific patterns but, no other lengthy text (only a one-paragraph Prologue and a one-sentence Epilogue).

Barbara Valenta / Textbook Binding / Published May 1997

Duncan Birmingham / Paperback / Published October 1999

Keiko Nakazawa / Paperback / Published 1995

Ms. Nakazawa's solo effort includes a large number of multi-piece constructions.

The Pop-Up Book Paul Jackson, Paul Forrester / Paperback / April 1994 This book is an excellent introduction to pop-up engineering techniques. There are a handful of patterns but, quite a bit of detail on designing cards. It covers OA-style techniques as well as more traditional pop-up techniques.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1991
(Hard to Find)

Masahiro Chatani, Keiko Nakazawa / Paperback / Published 1994 This seventh book in the Pop-Up Paper Craft series contains patterns for 40 abstract designs. There are 5 180-degree "loop" style cards, all variations on a theme. There are 3 variants of an 180-degree crystal design. The rest are multi-piece constructions, including spheres, cubes, pyramids, an egg, shapes that act as stands for some of the other designs, and composite shapes. The traditional construction instructions are included. This is definitely a book for the advanced OAer. Multi-piece designs require precision construction and can be very challenging to get just right.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1988

This one is mostly multi-piece and 180° constructions but, there are a few nice abstract one-piece designs as well.

Pop-Up Greeting Cards:
A Creative Personal Touch for Every Occasion

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1986

An excellent collection of abstract one-piece origamic architecture designs. I highly recommend this one.

Carol Barton / Hardcover / Popular Kinetics Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2005)

An introductory workbook covering very basic pop-up mechanisms. Although this is targeted at children and scrapbookers, some of the mechanisms are applicable to origamic architecture design.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published. / 4-277-75309-4 I have not seen this book myself. Everything I know about it is here. If you know more, please let me know.

Rein Jansma & Joost Elffers / Hardcover / Published October 1999

This book contains 10 carefully-crafted pieces representing staircases. Rein Jansma is a well-known architect in the Netherlands and co-owner of the architectural firm, Zwarts & Jansma. Among other projects, his office has designed the Dutch Pavilion at the 1992 World Exhibition in Spain and the expansion of the Rembrandt House in Amsterdam. This is an exhibition book, not a pattern book.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1991 / ISBN 4-06-100382-8 / ¥ 980 I have not seen this book myself. Everything I know about it is here. If you know more, please let me know.

Masahiro Chatani / Paperback / Published 1994 / ISBN 4-06-100393-3 / ¥ 980

This Japanese-language book doesn't seem to be easily available in the U.S. It may be possible to order it through Sasuga. Kinokunia (415)567-7625 (San Francisco location,) or from the JACCC gift shop in L.A.

White Christmas:
Create Your Own Cards and Decorations

Masahiro Chatani, Keiko Nakazawa / Paperback / Published 1989 White Christmas has 20 Christmas-themed patterns (all but about three having overt Christian religious symbolism). Most of the designs are appropriate for beginner to intermediate skill levels. There are notes on the symbolism and construction tips for each design in addition to the usual general construction instructions. Some of the patterns are even pre-cut. Keiko Nakazawa's introduction details her initial exploration of origamic architecture and the development of the "new 180-degree" style of card. There is also an afterword by Masahiro Chatani discussing his introduction of origamic architecture to the the Japanese architecture community at a conference in 1981 and their collective hope that it would help increase awareness of the artistic aspect of architecture in the general populous. If you are looking to make holiday cards, this is a great pattern book. Unfortunately, it is currently out-of-print and somewhat difficult to obtain.

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Origami - Academic Kids


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The origin of Japanese origami is probably the ceremonial paper folding, such as noshi. which started in Muromachi era (1392 -1573 ). That of European origami, represented by a little bird (Pajarita in Spanish or Cocotte in French ), is probably the baptismal certificate of 16th century.

An origami design can be as simple as a party hat or paper airplane. or as complex as a model of the Eiffel Tower. a leaping gazelle or a stegosaurus that takes an hour and a half to fold. Sometimes the most complex origami models are folded from foil instead of paper, because it allows more layers before becoming impractically thick. Modern origami has broken free from the traditional linear construction techniques of the past and models are now frequently wet-folded or constructed from materials other than just paper and foil. The Japanese do not see origami as an art form, but rather as an integrated part of their culture and tradition.

Joseph Albers. the father of modern color theory and minimalistic art, taught origami and paper folding in the 1920s and 30s. His methods, which involved sheets of round paper that were folded into spirals and curved shapes, have influenced modern origami artists like Kunihiko Kasahara. Friedrich Fr?. founder of the kindergartens, recognized paper binding, weaving, folding, and cutting as teaching aids for child development during the early 1800s.

The work of Akira Yoshizawa of Japan. a prolific creator of origami designs and writer of books on origami, inspired a modern renaissance of the craft. His work was promoted through the studies of Gershon Legman as published in the seminal books of Robert Harbin Paper Magic and more so in Secrets of the Origami Masters which revealed the wide world of paperfolding in the mid 1960s. Modern origami has attracted a worldwide following, with ever more intricate designs and new techniques such as 'wet-folding,' the practice of dampening the paper somewhat during folding to allow the finished product to hold shape better, and variations such as modular origami, where many origami units are assembled to form an often decorative whole.

Recent historians have uncovered the lost origami Tamatebako. a model from the folk tale of "Urashima-Taro and the Tamatebako". A three volume wood cut book, "Ranma-Zushiki", published in 1734, contained two pictures that were identified by Yasuo Koyanagi in 1993 as the Tamatebako model. Masao Okamura, an origami historian, was able to recreate the model. The model, contrary to common theory of traditional origami, involved cutting and gluing.

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Sadako Sasaki memorial in Hiroshima, surrounded by paper cranes

One of the most famous origami designs is the Japanese crane. The crane is auspicious in Japanese. Japan has launched a satellite named tsuru (crane). Legend says that anyone who folds one thousand paper cranes will have their heart's desire come true. The origami crane (折鶴 orizuru in Japanese) has become a symbol of peace because of this legend, and because of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was exposed to the radiation of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as an infant, and it took its inevitable toll on her health. She was then, a hibakusha -- an atom bomb survivor. By the time she was twelve in 1955. she was dying of leukemia. Hearing the legend, she decided to fold 1,000 cranes so that she could live. She folded 644 before she died. Her classmates folded the remaining number and she was buried with a wreath of 1,000 cranes. While her effort could not extend her life, it moved her friends to make a granite statue of Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park. a young girl standing with her hand outstretched, a paper crane flying from her fingertips. Every year the statue is adorned with thousands of wreaths of a thousand origami cranes. A group of one thousand paper cranes is called senbazuru in Japanese.

The tale of Sadako has been dramatized in many books and movies. In one version, Sadako wrote a haiku that translates into English as:

I shall write peace upon your wings, and you shall fly around the world so that children will no longer have to die this way.

Basic instructions

Most origami folds can be broken down into simpler steps. A list of techniques is accumulating in the origami tech tree.

Mathematics of origami

The practice and study of origami encapsulates several subjects of mathematical interest. For instance, the problem of flat-foldability (whether an origami model can be flattened) has been a topic of considerable mathematical study.

Folding a flat model from a crease pattern has been proven by Marshall Bern and Barry Hayes to be NP complete. [1] (http://citeseer.ist.psu.edu/bern96complexity.html )

The problem of rigid origami ("if we replaced the paper with sheet metal and had hinges in place of the crease lines, could we could still fold the model?") has great practical importance. For example, the Miura map fold is a rigid fold that has been used to deploy large solar panel arrays for space satellites.

Variations See also Authors
  • David Brill
  • Peter Engel - influential origami artist and theorist
  • [[Tomoko Fus靝 - famous for boxes and unit origami
  • Robert Harbin - popularised origami in Britain; also presented a series of short programmes entitled Origami. made by Thames Television for ITV
  • Kunihiko Kasahara (笠原邦彦) - devised a standardized method for creating any polyhedron
  • Robert J. Lang - Author of many Origami books including the new benchmark Origami Design Secrets
  • John Montroll - one of the most prolific Western artists
  • Toshikazu Kawasaki - Japanese mathematician famous for Kawasaki's Rose
  • Makoto Yamaguchi
  • Akira Yoshizawa - created the modern repertoire of folding symbols
External links origami/ ) Pictures of folded models.
  • Origami Forum (http://www.thekhans.me.uk/phpBB2/ ) The Online Origami Forum.
  • paper CD case (http://PaperCDcase.com/ ) helps you print and fold a paper CD case.
  • Origami USA's Website (http://www.origami-usa.org/ ) The major Origami organization of the United States, make sure to check out their models database.
  • British Origami Society (http://www.britishorigami.org.uk/ )
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    Modern Design - Origami Tea Bags - My Modern Met

    By Eugene Kim September 23, 2009

    Often times, tea is a perfect remedy for a stressful day. Why not make the experience even more enjoyable with these Origami Tea Bags? Designed by Natalia Ponomareva of Russia, simply add hot water to infuse the tea, and the bags expand into the shape of a bird. How creative! via packaginguqam

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    heather September 25, 2009 at 8:24am

    They do look beautiful!
    Imagine they are a beautiful price too!!

    Mark Huckabee September 24, 2009 at 3:50am

    very nice! reminds me of the Chinese tea buds that open into flowers.



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