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ORIVERSITY: LECTURES 01

Helmet

Traditional model
1 sheet



Kusudama 'Pendant'

Kusudama 'Pendant'

Traditional model
6 sheets



Butterfly

Butterfly

Creator: Katrin Shumakov
1 sheet - 1999



Warship

Warship

Creator: Yuri Shumakov
5 sheets - 1998



Origami - Ancient and Perfect Art


Origami is the art of paper folding without cutting or gluing. As is true of all other arts, Origami is creative expression within certain rules of construction. Its material is just paper, everything else is your imagination. Origami has the fine charm of eastern philosophy that impels one to find beauty in simple things.

The art of origami arose in Japan in the 7th century. But its roots lie in Ancient China, where about 2000 years ago paper was invented, a unique material having the ability “to be folded”. Thus the tradition of folding of paper figures began.

The mention of origami is present in the medieval Japanese literature. Different products from paper - boxes, flowers, vases, fans, lanterns, dolls - were used in religious ceremonies, on holidays, and in family celebrations. Sometimes, paper figures were even inserted into hair-dos. Parents have used to make toys out of paper for their children. So during many generations, this tradition of paper folding was handed on to children from their parents.

The name "ORIGAMI" was given to this art in approximately the eighteenth century: "ORI" is translated from Japanese as folding, "KAMI" as paper (in combining these words the "K" sound is changed to a hard "G."). At this time, the first books on origami were also issued. At the end of the nineteenth century, the study of origami had begun in the Japanese kindergartens and schools.

In the second half of the twentieth century the Japanese origamist Akira Yoshidzawa invented conventional symbols, which helped to make it possible to write down the instructions for folding anything, even of very complex models. The universality and simplicity of these symbols allows one to "read" the diagrams of folding without knowledge of the language. One can also write additional comments to help explain the diagrams. After the invention of the origami alphabet, origami quickly was distributed worldwide as diagrams of folding of models can be "read without translation" by a person of any nationality. Now all books on origami begin with an explanation of these international symbols of origami.

Origami can be very modern and fresh, as it is a wonderful art, having the possibility to create a whole world from paper. Evaluate the opportunities of this perfect art, which allows the transformation of ordinary sheets of paper into such diverse and beautiful forms!

Katrin and Yuri Shumakov


Flapping Crane

Flapping Crane

Traditional model
1 sheet



House

Traditional model
1 sheet



Fern

Fern

Creator: Yuri Shumakov
1 sheet - 1995



Tea Rose

Tea Rose

Creator: Katrin Shumakov
1 sheet (1 flower) - 1995



 

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