When origami enthusiast Uyen Nguyen discusses her art, you quickly understand that it is about a lot more than folding paper.
“In many ways it has been therapeutic,” she says. “I find the process of folding paper to be almost meditative.
“Origami can be used to create incredibly realistic forms, not just to the likeness of say, an insect, but down to the exact species of that particular insect with proportions of its body segment true to real life. At the other end of the spectrum, you can mold paper to create the most abstract of forms beautiful because of their inherent structure instead of their likeness to real life forms. As someone interested in both science and art, I love that origami bridges the two.”
I – Word Understanding
Enthusiast – a person who is interested in and enjoys something very much
Inherent – belonging to the nature of something
II – Have Your Say
1. Did you know the story of the greatest origami artist Akira Yoshizawa?
– He used paper folding to teach geometry to apprentices of the factory her worked for.
– In WWII, he worked as an orderly in a hospital and decorated the patients’ beds with origami models
– His first book Atarashi Origami Geijutsu (New Origami Art) appeared in 1954. With the use of his system of diagram notation, non-Japanese could make his models.
2. Today many people believe that origami models should be copyrighted, giving credit to those who have intellect in folding sequences. Do you know any famous origami models?