Wednesday, 17 April 2013

O is for origami

Origami is the art of folding paper and making sculptures without cutting or gluing, although in recent years standards have loosened a bit. It originated in Japan and became popular outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. The name comes from the Japanese words oru(fold) and kami(paper).

Origami crane (source)

There are countless websites about origami and countless tutorials on how to make them. I find origami really interesting and fun to make. I mean just take a look at some of the things people make, it's amazing!


1000 paper cranes

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There is a Japanese legend which says that if you fold 1000 paper cranes you get one wish. Since folding 1000 cranes is a huge challenge, people often work in groups to fold them all. This is known as Senbazuru.

Here are some websites with tutorials:
http://www.origami-instructions.com/
http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-instructions.html
http://www.paperkawaii.com/category/categories/origami/advanced-origami/
http://www.origami-make.com/index.php
http://en.origami-club.com/

4 comments:

  1. origami equates to patience

    nice for a to Z

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  2. Does it count if you work in groups? I wouldn't think that would count.

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  3. I think origami is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Origami IS patience in evidence! I've watched this process of making the cranes, and I don't think I'd last very long. Great photo!

    Sherrey at Healing by Writing

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