This is a center spread for a sketchbook where I combined origami (Japanese paper folding) and drawing (to lay down water coloured pencils) into an art piece. I’m not really good at either origami or drawing, so I made the best of what I had to combine the two into something which’s total was greater than the sum of its parts. It also meets my mandate for origami considering “what will I bring to the game”, with the answer being a “replicable originality”, or new twists to traditional or common origami that others can try or create their own variations.
My goal with origami can be summed up as “replicable originality”. I’m not going to outdo anybody on complexity or intricacy or variety of pieces. What I will “bring to the game” are twists on some traditions on origami that others will be able to do, and that I hope others will give a try with their own variations. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about.
People make origami (Japanese paper folding) out of all kinds of paper. What you get are things in different colours, or with different patterns on them. Rarely do people make origami out of translucent paper, which may give you a little insight into how the paper folds on the inside of what you can see.
The traditional Japanese origami crane has a fold along the length of each wing, as shown below.