Introduction to Origami
Up until last year I only really did traditional origami. This involves folding a single sheet of (usually square) paper into a complex shape. Origami purists would say that proper origami should not involve tearing, cutting or gluing. Below is a picture of one of my favourite models. It’s hard to believe that this 6-pointed, 3-dimensional object is folded from a single square sheet of paper, isn’t it?
Then last year I had a go at modular (or 3D) origami. It took me a little while to warm to the idea but as you can tell from this blog I’ve developed a passion for it. I can’t claim to be an expert on the subject but I’ll tell you what I have learned about it so far. Modular origami involves the use of relatively simple modules that are combined to produce more complex models. A lot of models just use one kind of module; like the Sonobe module which I mentioned in my last post, or the triangular unit used in “Golden Venture” models like my swan. Other models may use two (or more, I guess) different kinds of modules, like the one in the picture below which uses a pyramidal unit to join the flowery units together.
And that’s where I’m going to leave you folks because there is a colossal amount of information on the Internet for people interested in origami. Just type “origami seahorse” or “origami teapot” into your favourite search engine and you’ll see what I mean. (Who wants a paper teapot?!?) On YouTube alone you can find videos to teach you how to fold almost anything. I also provide links to some origami resources (like Mukerji’s website) in my other origami posts. Let me know how you get on…