Origami

Japan and its dense population 

 

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The main reason Japanese culture have been using origami in their daily lives in paper models or actual products is because they have a dense population and limited space. Products using origami techniques allow the user to save space and also create these beautiful structures. I also think that the act of opening, discovering and interacting with a product makes that piece more personal and unique. It also makes us feel like a child again; discovering and exploring new things. That's why origami is so universal, no matter what age or whatever. That's the exact reason why I chose my theme collapse and compress. I feel that these elements that origami possess is what creates a great product. 

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Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. Together, they form the word, "origami." It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations. Origami involves the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding. Animals, birds, fish, geometric shapes, puppets, toys and masks are among the models that even very young children can learn to make in just one sitting.

The art of making paper from pulp originated in China in the year 102A.D. Paper then became more available to the masses. The secret of making paper was kept in China for several hundred years and finally made its way through Korea and into Japan. A Buddhist monk is said to have carried this secret .The introduction of paper making to Japan several hundred years later coincided with the development of their religion and soon became part of the lives of its people. Colours and silk threads were added and origami was held in high esteem. Gifts were decorated with "noshi." Noshi had particular fold patterns depending on the gift.

In Japan, at one time origami was taught in schools but today, children are generally taught origami at home. Holidays are celebrated with colourful origami decorations made by the family. On children's day (formerly boy's day), children make colourful carp: a fish that swims upstream, against the current. This symbolizes strength. During the summer, Tanabata, The Star Festival is celebrated. Live bamboo branches are decorated with origami stars and other paper decorations in a manner which brings to mind a decorated Christmas tree. Source: Origami with Rachel Katz

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Origami, the traditional Japanese art of creating objects by folding paper. It's a classic pastime that everyone in Japan has done at some point, and with roots in religious rituals and social etiquette, it expresses many facets of Japanese culture. Origami techniques have even been used in space! This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is origami. Our expert guest is Kazuo Kobayashi, the head of the Origami Center in Tokyo. And in Plus One, fun folding you can do at any Japanese pub. 

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Papercraft

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Papercraft examples

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Papercraft model of T.A.RS Robot from Interstellar film

I am a huge fan of the film Interestellar and wanted to have a miniture model of the robot T.A.R.S from the film. Since my research is based on collapsing/ compressing and origami. I thought it would be fun and interesting to show other forms of this art by using templates from the internet to make one. 

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Model of T.A.R.S

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