Nowadays there are so many forms of art, where it is really hard to distinguish real artistic value from kitsch. But when comes to a form of Japanese artistic expression, Origami, which is hundreds of years old we can be sure there’s no room for bad taste.
Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. It started in Japan in the 17th century and was introduced to western culture in the 1900s. It has since evolved into a form of modern art. One might be inclined to consider this artform easy given that many of us have been folding paper since childhood. Far from it. After spending about 4 hours with an Origami book, and armed with the one hour Youtube tutorial, and still being unable to get it right; I can safely say Origami is not for everybody.
Each piece is a wonderful tale of precision, beauty, sophistication, mystery and enthusiasm that transforms something ordinary like a piece of paper into a masterpiece. Which is the very essence of art. Origami itself is a great learning tool for every designer, of any kind.
As a designer, you create something visually beautiful from nothing, just as this amazing art creates masterpieces from a simple piece of paper. The millimetric precision, the careful design, the perfect proportions, the symmetry present in every piece can and should be a real inspiration for every designer.
Below we present you a number of Origami masterpieces for your inspiration.
Gallery of Origami Creations
Additional Origami Resources (Making of videos)
- Origami Instructions: vixen / fox (Román Díaz)
- Origami Fiery Dragon (Kade Chan)
- Origami Ant (Robert J. Lang)
- Origami Tarantula (Robert J. Lang)
- Origami Fish (Jo Nakashima / Davor Vinko)
- Origami Jedi Master Yoda (Fumiaki Kawahata)
- Origami Scorpion Tutorial (Tadashi Mori)
- Origami Lotus Flower
What Did You Think?
After trying to make the Origami Fox, presented in the first video above, a new found respect for this form of art was gained. It takes a lot of patience, skill and sense of proportions to create a beautiful masterpiece like these. Have you ever tried your hand at Origami? What were some of the pieces from this showcase that really stood out to you?