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'Virtual' Origami with DataCopy Colours

Mention coloured office papers and the usual applications spring to mind such as organising office paperwork, producing notices and flyers and special sections in reports. But creating small animals, dinosaurs and flying machines is not normally top of the list. Recently however, thanks partly to the power of the Internet, MoDo Paper's DataCopy Colours range has been adopted by the Origami community.

Leading exponents are Yurii and Katrin Shumakov, Russian origami artists and psychologists. Yurii Shumakov explains: 'We use 80g/sq.m A4 DataCopy Colours sheets in our psychological research into educational and creative development in children, as it is safe, strong, colourful and inexpensive.' Katrin continues: 'In our last exhibition we used more than 5,000 sheets of DataCopy Colours ranging from 10x10cm to A3 sheets. The stego-skeleton from our dinosaur gallery, for example was made from 80 sheets of 80g/sq.m DataCopy Colours without using either glue or scissors.'

DataCopy Colours was originally designed as a multifunctional range of office papers for use in copiers, faxes, laser and inkjet printers. Now available in 25 colours in A4 and 21 in A3 cut sheets, the range has become the ideal choice for the origami enthusiast and is the market leader in the office paper market in Russia.

Stephane Courtot, Deputy Commercial Director of the office papers sector at MoDo Paper notes; 'During the last three years demand for tinted A4 papers has grown faster than overall cut size consumption. This all goes to show that this range of office papers is more multifunctional than we first thought and we are delighted that such a use has been found for it.'

Currently the Shumakovs are developing "Oriland - the Paper's World", a virtual origami exhibition on their website; where the majority of exhibits are made from the DataCopy Colours range. Later this summer, during Japan's 5th Origami Tanteidan Convention the Shumakovs will exhibit their current range of origami sculptures, running two classes in the art of paper folding as well as presenting a paper entitled; 'Origami - a way of developing psychomotor, intellectual and creative abilities in children.'

Origami brief history
The technique of papermaking was introduced into Japan during the early seventh century. Undergoing several changes in the manufacturing process the resulting paper Washi, had the combination of sturdiness and softness perfect for origami. Samurai society further developed the art of paper folding for both practical and formal purposes and so origami was born, remaining fashionable until the early twentieth century when it fell from popularity. But recently many origami associations have sprung up across Europe and it is fast becoming a popular hobby once more.

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Press release issued on behalf of MoDo Paper AB by The Bespoke Agency, August 1999


 

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