Origami is one of the simplest form of art because the only materials that you need are your hands and paper.
It's extraordinary how you can magically transform an everyday material into a living, breathing creation.
The possible origami creations are endless, from flowers to birds, from cars to clocks, from dung-beetles to elephants, but I like especially the geometric shapes.
Here’s a list of things you never knew about origami
- The word origami has only been in use in the English language for 50 years.
- You can fold a piece of paper in half more than seven times.
- You can solve quadratic and cubic equations by folding paper.
- The oldest known origami book, Hiden Senbazuru Orikata, was written in 1797.
- The largest origami crane was 65 metres by 36 metres. The smallest was folded from a 0.25 millimetre square piece of audio tape by Akira Naito.
- The simplest origami model has only one fold, the most complex more than 200 folds.
- There are more than 200 varieties of origami elephant.
- You can make origami models from food, metal, mesh, money, and of course, paper.
- Poppadom (People Out Practising Paperfolding and Dining on Masala) is a society dedicated to folding origami while eating curry.
- Saburo Kase both created and taught origami, despite being blind.
These are origami stars
Did you know?
The tradition among many in the origami community is that if you fold 1000 of the traditional cranes or stars, you'll get a wish. This has taken on an additional meaning since World War II when a Japanese girl who was suffering from leukemia as a result of the radiation exposure from the nuclear attack on Hiroshima. She started folding cranes in the hopes that she would be able to recover. She did not finish before her death, but her classmates carried on with a wish for peace and to mourn the loss of everyone who lost their lives as a result of the atomic bombs. The Children's Peace Monument was put in place in her memory in Hiroshima and every year millions of paper cranes are left at the monument.
I only got 100, so I have a lot of work to do
Sooo, if you had the chance to make a wish that will come true, what it will be?