This will be our second task for Thanksgiving Day. You only need two sheets of white paper to begin practising ORIGAMI.
The design requires two sheets of paper. The first is used to make the body. The second sheet is used to make the fanned tail. Is it possible to make the tail in two colors although the paper gets thick and it often slides out of place. Using tissue paper to make the fanned tail allows multiple sheets to be stacked and folded without it getting overly thick.
Origami (折り紙?, from ori meaning "folding", and kami meaning "paper"; kami changes to gami due to rendaku) is the traditional Japanese art of folding paper into a shape representing an object.
There is much speculation about the origin of Origami. While Japan seems to have had the most extensive tradition, there is evidence of an independent tradition of paperfolding in China (traditional funerals include burning folded paper), as well as in Germany, Italy and Spain among other places.
Akira Yoshizawa - Origami master showing us... a turkey!
You don’t need any origami tools to fold paper. All you need is your hands, a piece of paper, and a flat surface to fold on. Easy. You can do it at home, you can do it at school (oops, did I really say that?). You can do it on the train, you can do it on the bus. You can do it in a coffee shop, you can do it in a restaurant or...
There are many folding techniques that you need to learn to form a shape out of a piece of paper. Folding techniques. Two most important techniques are valley-fold and mountain-fold. At least, you must know what they are and you will have no problem of folding a simple origami model by using only these two folding techniques.
Wet folding origami:
Wet folding origami is a relatively new way of folding paper. It was developed by origami master Akira Yoshizawa and it involves moistening the paper before you fold it. The resulting model has a softer, textured look with gentle curving lines.
Gilad’s web site shows the difference between a regular origami dog and a wet fold origami dog. Wow! [Puppy created by Francisco Javier Caboblanco; photo by Gilad Aharoni]
On October, two years ago, I visited 'ESTAMPA ARTE MÚLTIPLE' FAIR which was held in Matadero Madrid. I discovered a new exhibitor: MAATT (I think they have disappeared now). Maatt was brand-new company focused on home decoration objects. They exploited the possibilities of any material they found on the way. Their first collection (I don't know if it was the last one) was based on paper and it was called Animaatts, and the best was that it was a do it yourself!, of course, with instructions. I saw this collection 'in situ' and it looked great!. It is a good example of 'minus is more'.
Let's see if you love this video. You can practice next summer on the beach, but, if you cannot wait for that, use a table and flour, although I'm afraid it will not be the same.
If you want more information about this Israeli artist, Ilana Yahav, take a look to her work, you can visit her website here.
Did you enjoy? Let´s see another one:
Now, it´s your turn.
Be a sand artist
I know that it is not the same, but there is an online software to create your own sand picture. Its name is thisissand. Use the mouse to start and the sand begins to fall. To change the colour use the letter "C" in your keyboard, to erase what you have done use the letter "E", and with the arrows you will use the different colours you have selected before. Try, its funny!