Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper, with most origami folded from a single sheet of paper without any cuts or tears. In Japanese, “ori” means to fold and “kami” means paper. I’ve been fascinated by origami since my second-grade teacher first introduced it in class. I fell in love with the fact that everything about origami is trial and error, yet you could always go back and correct your mistakes. Intrigued by this idea, I experimented with different papers and folding techniques, and soon understood that successful origami was something that takes dedicated focus and time. For me, origami is quite therapeutic. The element of discovery continually captivates me and it’s easy to get lost within the act itself. Anyone can take it as far as their imagination goes – or at least until the paper ceases to fold anymore.
Traditional origami is relatively simple. Usually there are just a few steps, comprised of between one and about 30 folds. You can build anything out of a single piece of paper, but to do so you have to strive for perfection. The more you practice and the more you create, the more you’ll want to learn. Origami is pretty addictive.
Nowadays, my love for origami has evolved and manifested in a new way, through my love for packaging. However, I still remember how to make the easy things. For my Maker Studio Friday contribution, I taught the ThoughtMatter team how to make origami drinking cups and frogs. As the session progressed, our studio’s skills improved, with several of us furthering our efforts to create a number of other creatures, including cranes and grasshoppers. The group agreed that folding origami was a very relaxing pastime.
If you’re interested in finding out more, here’s a video about the OrigaMIT Club at MIT. A few years ago I attended a meeting, and it was amazing to witness the passion for origami exhibited from everyone in the room. Give it a try, you’ll be an “origamist” in no time!”
This summer at ThoughtMatter, we’re ending every week with a “Maker Studio Friday” activity. During each session, a different studio member leads us through a hands-on activity that results in each of us having made something with our hands and minds. The activities help us keep our minds open, and pushes us to create better and more innovative work for our clients.