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ORIVERSITY: LECTURES 02

Iso-Star

Iso-Star

Creator: Yuri Shumakov
1 sheet - 1997



Heart

Heart

Creator: Katrin Shumakov
1 sheet - 1996



Dragon

Dragon

Creator: Yuri Shumakov
1 sheet - 1998



Mountain fold

The basic crease
in origami



Mountains and Valleys of Origami


Origami represents a unique art. You can quickly take possession of it, folding various models. The technique of folding is rather simple, that’s why in a short time you can learn to fold rather impressive models, for example, the kusudama. In painting you need to study for years to take possession of the necessary skills. Whether you can even copy pictures made by the great artists? It is not known

In a week of diligent lessons in origami, you already can be able to repeat rather complex and attractive models, simply following the instructions and diagrams. Why it is possible? Because of origami is a very joyful and magnetic art, once you got involved in paperfolding you can’t stop it.

For a long time this art used to be passed only ‘from hand to hand’, from a master directly to an apprentice. In 1797, in Japan the first origami book was appeared, it called "Senbazuru Orikata" (Folding Thousand-Cranes Talismans). It was an attempt to present the method of folding through images and descriptions. For the first time origami secrets were described in a book.

In the twentieth century, the origami alphabet, a set of special symbols, has been developed by the Nippon Origami Association (NOA), the huge role in this belongs to the recognized master of origami - Akira Yoshizawa. Origami symbols show the direction in which the paper has to be folded. All symbols - the lines, dots and arrows - demonstrate the way of folding of models of any complexity.

The element in folding is the crease. Only the simple crease! And the various combinations of such creases can result in a most charming origami creation, in a wonderful paper sculpture. It’s like magic: only your hands, paper and creases!

So, if you fold the paper in half, you will see a crease on the paper. Carefully consider the folded sheet of paper. You will see only one crease, right? But the crease differs on two sides of the paper. That is the basic secret of origami! There is only one crease, but from one side it looks like a mountain, and on other side - a valley. This is most important to understand it from the very beginning. There is one crease and yet two kinds – ‘Mountain’ and ‘Valley’.

In the origami alphabet, there are special lines to designate these ‘mountains’ and ‘valleys’. It is very important to understand these origami symbols and remember them. This way the reading of diagrams will be very simple for you.

Magic begins: only your hands, paper and creases - ‘Mountain’ and ‘Valley’! Just try it! We wish you success!

Katrin and Yuri Shumakov


Kusudama 'Lotus'

Kusudama 'Lotus'

Creator: Yuri Shumakov
6 sheets - 1996



Frog

Creator: Katrin Shumakov
1 sheet - 1994



Ipomea

Ipomea

Creator: Katrin Shumakov
1 sheet (1 flower) - 1997



Valley fold

The basic crease
in origami



 

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