Origami in Fashion Trends

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Now, cooperating origami techniques into fashion clothes is the newest, hottest trend!! That’s what I heard from the Fashion Police show on E! channel. 

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In the Chanel’s Spring 2009 show, origami paper has been used for decorating the runway and used as accessories on models.

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Absolutely stunning, isn’t it??? What a CLASSIC!

Origami Museum

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Vee just got back from Thailand. He had to stop by Narita airport, Tokyo, Japan. He said he thought of me when he saw the Origami Museum!! Awww.. that’s nice of him. He thought I already have seen this.

Well.. NO… I have no idea that there is such this thing at the airport. When I go back to Thailand, usually I will transit at Incheon airport, Seoul, Korea. I wish I could visit the meseum. Vee said he was impressed. It was amazing. So, I googled it.. hahaha.. Here they are!

It is pretty amazing, isn’t it?

SOURCE: Flickr.com

Origami Christmas Tree

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Although Christmas Holidays just passed, we still are looking forward to celebrating the New Year. Whoo hooo!

This Christmas I thought about doing Origami Christmas tree, but I didn’t have the tree until three days before Christmas. So, it didn’t happen this year. Well, I just found out that there was an Origami tree in New York at the American Museum of Natural History.  It’s so NICE!!


Source: Folding Tree

Chrysanthemum Icosahedron Kusudama

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I had to cheat this time by using scotch tape to hold all the pieces together. It was too hard to finish it without using tools. I love the outcome with three colors but the same pattern.

Tomoko Fuse

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“Origami all begins when we put a hand on the move. There is a big difference between understanding something through the mind and know the same thing through touch”

– Tomoko Fuse

Tomoko Fuse is a Japanese Origami expert/artist/writer who wrote several books on modular origami. She is also referred as an expert on this type of origami. She has designed so many boxes, containers, Kusudama, paper toys, etc. She’s one my favorite Origami writer. Her diagrams are so brilliant!

I totally agree with her quote about the difference between thinking through origami diagrams in your head and doing actual folding with your hands. Sometimes when you watch the instruction video from the Internet or read the instruction or diagrams from the book, you would think “Oh.. I can do this”, “That’s easy”, “Umm I get this”, etc. However, when you put your hands on paper and start to fold, you would find so many confusion, folding problems, and mistakes. Likewise, some finished origami looks so complicated that you would think you will never be able to do it in a million year. However, once you challenge yourself and start to read the diagram, often you will find that it is not as bad as you have in mind at first.

This demonstrates that thinking quietly in your mind or analyzing things in your head sometimes is not enough. You would only experience the process, see the consequences, and expose yourself to the unknown from doing it. You would surprisingly appreciate the feeling of “I DID IT!” moment.

So.. yeah.. like Nike’s slogan.. “Just Do It.”

Star Modular Origami

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This is my second Kusudama, called Star Modular Origami. I’m not sure about the mathematical name of it. What do you think?

I used 30 pieces of origami paper to create this star modular origami. I would say this one is not as hard as it looks. It is probably easier than the first one, but putting together is still little challenging to me. I discovered that they were used the same patterns or techniques to put all the units together.

Kusudama

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According to Wikipedia, Kusudama, a Japanese word, is a paper model that is usually created by connecting multiple identical pyramidal units (folding each square paper) together through their points to form a spherical shape. Another word, Kusudama is modular origami!

I’m so interested in Kusudama that I have to try one. I got the instruction out of YouTube. I had to fold single units for 30 pieces. Folding one of each was not that bad, but putting them into a ball was a pain. Then, I had to plan out the colors and made sure that the final product would have good combination of colors.

Since this is my first Kusudama and I had limited color origami paper, it was not as pretty as I have wanted. Oh well.. at least I’ve completed the look. Some units are not as quite good looking as they should have been. I definitely need improvement. Can’t wait to start a new project!

It took me about three days to complete it. I did a few units at a time.

Between the Fold Film

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This movie was screening at the August 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival. It’s about the beauty of origami. Here is the preview from YouTube

Millions of people fold origami. What about you? Can you do any origami?

Origofi

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หลังจากดูคนอื่นพับโน่นพับนี่บนเว็บแล้วเกิดอาการคันมืออยากลองเล่นบ้าง ผลงานของกอล์ฟจะเรียกว่า Origofi (Ori + Golffy = Origofi) อ่านว่า โอ – ริ – โก – ฟี่ ฮ่าๆๆ

เผอิญมีกระดาษ Scrapbook อยู่ขนาด 12″x12″ หนาพอจะทำกล่องได้ก็เลยลองพับๆตามวีดีโอ ปรากฏว่าออกมา พอใช้ได้ แต่เรื่องความแม่ยำยังต้องหัดอีก กล่องนี้ใช้กระดาษทั้งหมด 8 แผ่นด้วยกัน (4 แผ่นสำหรับตัวกล่อง และ อีก 4 แผ่นสำหรับฝาปิดกล่อง) กอล์ฟเลือกใช้กรดาษ 8 ลายด้วยกัน แต่เน้น โทนสี ดำ ขาว เทา เป็นหลัก ระดับความยากในการพับ ให้ 2 ดาวเต็มห้า แต่ตอนประกอบดิ ยากมั่กๆ กว่าจะยัดเข้า แล้วเป็นคนมือหนักด้วย มุมฝากล่องเลยฉีกนิดหน่อย ใข้เวลาในการพับกล่องนี้ ประมาณ 40-45 นาที แต่เนื่องจากพับครั้งแรกก็เลยนานมั้ง คิดว่าถ้าทำบ่อยๆ น่าจะใช้เวลาไม่เกิน 10 นาทีในการทำกล่องนี้

ชอบไหมๆๆ เอาไว้ใช้สำหรับห่อของขวัญวันคริสต์มาสไง ถ้าชอบกันเดี๋ยวจะสอนทำให้ อิอิ

Idea + Square = Origami

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Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. Together, they form the word, “origami.” It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations. Origami involves the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding. Animals, birds, fish, geometric shapes, puppets, toys and masks are among the models that even very young children can learn to make in just one sitting (www.origamiwithrachelkatz.com). Most of Japanese would know how to fold a crane!!

The video below is the presentation given by Robert Lang talking about origami. He talked about when and where origami came from, and how it has impacted our life, even in modern day. Origami techniques have been applied in so many fields. It is amazing to see how mathematics can draw origami diagrams. You can fold a piece of paper to anything from small insects, flowers, trees, buildings, 3D models, and everything!

Who’s Rober Lang?

Dr. Robert J. Lang is an American physicist who is also one of the foremost origami artists and theorists in the world. He is known for his complex and elegant designs, most notably of insects and animals. He has long been a student of the mathematics of origami and of using computers to study the theories behind origami. He has made great advances in making real-world applications of origami to engineering problems. (Source: Wikipedia)

I’m always interested in origami since I was a kid. I remembered that I would fold cranes, all kinds of airplanes, and my favorite throwing stars. I still want to learn more about it, but it’s so difficult to look at those diagrams. Sometimes, I rather want to have some one to show me how to do it. Thanks for YouTube! I’ve learned a few diagrams from YouTube and other online tutorials. It sounds like I may have too much free time to do it ha ha ha. I just think about doing when I’m bored. Of course, I’m not going to do something big like origami modular, displayed below. But, eventually, I would love to be able to do that!!!

Pictures form PaperUnlimited