The total number of different folds used in origami is not very much,
but by the countless
variations between these folds, you can fold almost everything you can
A SQUARE shaped paper is used for folding origami models, CUTTING and
Many origami artists still follow these guidelines and succeed in
folding these kind of
models from just ONE SQUARE PAPER:
Large bug by Robert Lang
Unicorn by Satoshi
Some very cool variations in origami have become popular the last few
Below are some nice examples:
One large model is created of thousands simple and tiny origami models more
Kirigami is mostly used to make it
easier folding a complex model, like an insect.
This paperart/kirigami city is
made by Ingrid
Cute models are folded of long and mostly colourful paper strips. These are origami lucky stars
These variations in origami don't fit the basic origami-rules and
should be tagged with WRONG
Luckely most people are not very strict, we
are permitted to have fun in crafting and have a
smile on our face. So
I don't have to DELETE half of my own site and can call this origami too:
Each single part of this model
is folded of a square
paper and it is 100% paper, maybe I should call it
a modular origami model...
Why do people like
making Origami Models so much?! What's the
reason this craft even exists? David Lister wrote a piece somewhere about
people which have a small piece of paper
in their hands, like a bus-ticket or small flyer. Many people will
start playing with/folding
or crumbling that paper subconciously while they are thinking of
something else then
that paper. He might be right, maybe we just want to make that paper
(=object) as small
as we can and then throw it away or hide it somewhere.
Never mind, our hands are simply made for working all day long:
Mankind would not
This task requires a great
make this bunch of
achieved much deal of concentration,
money as little
as be very relaxing...
origami. Good Job!
possible, it's mine!
Looks fine to me :)
And picking/squeezing/origami gives most people a relaxing feeling,
there are many
written articles about the relaxing/heeling power of crafts/origami.
Where does Origami come
How did Origami develop in all these years? Nowadays, almost everybody agrees that origami
originates in China. Most people
that hear the word origami think of Japan first, that's probably
because it became
very popular in Japan when paper got cheaper and cheaper, a few hundred
ago. After that, origami spread all over the world.
The first origami book ever "How to fold 1000 cranes" released in 1797.
weren't any (official) written origami instructions before this date:
instructions were teached mouth to mouth to each next generation, so
were very simple to learn. Not as advanced as some models we can learn
from books and videos.
Since a few years it's even possible to design models with the
computer: You can
define where you're model needs legs, tails etc. and the software
how to fold your model, Robert Lang made this program, his site shows
models which he designed using his own software.
Because there are so many advanced models nowadays, it's becoming more
more important for artists to design a model that also looks
They do this by using paper with nice colourful patterns, for example.
papers with eyes, noses, numbers etc. already printed on.
Origami is becoming more then just designing a model and making a
of it on a one colour background, although some are still very good at
Until the seventies is was pretty easy for a person to keep up to date
existing origami models and know what the latest developments were.
After the seventies new origami sociëties and artists came so
quick that it
was impossible to keep track of all these new developments.
There have been designed many origami models now, some of them are
known by almost
These are 'traditional models' and most of them look pretty simple.
The designer of these kind of models is unknown, because the design is
very old and
probably teached mouth to mouth to the next generations.
Below are some examples of models that are called traditional sometimes
designed very long ago, but they do have the same simple looking
style as 'real' traditional models
Origami Great Grandmaster Each sort of art has his own stars, origami too and the biggest is Akira Yoshizawa (1911-2005).
about 50000 models and invented many new techniques,
like wetfolding and folding-symbols for making clear origami folding instructions.