Anyone here practice the art of origami?

edberg505

Legend
I used to practice origami when I was younger but stopped for a bit. Now I've picked it back up again. There are some pretty cool ones out there that have been created so I'm trying them out now. Anyone else here practice origami?
 

Topaz

Legend
Yup. I'm a teacher, and I have a whole bulletin board in my classroom covered with origami. Sometimes students will bring in things that they've done, and I'll add it to the board.
 

edberg505

Legend
Yup. I'm a teacher, and I have a whole bulletin board in my classroom covered with origami. Sometimes students will bring in things that they've done, and I'll add it to the board.
That's great. Kids nowadays should consider themselves very lucky. They have access to the internet, so it's much easier to obtain a origami diagram. When I was younger I only had the library at my disposal which only had one book on origami as I lived in a very small town. In fact I saved up money and told the library that I lost it and bought the book that way.

Here's another one that I made.

Now that I've familiarized myself with the folds again I'm going to start to trying more complex ones.
 

Topaz

Legend
I started by just picking up a book at a bookstore one summer...and got hooked, especially with the variations you get by using different kinds of paper. I did find many online diagrams, but I still go back to that first book. All my pieces are at school...I'll try to take a picture when we go back.
 

Lifted

Semi-Pro
This is really interesting. I would love to get into origami. Is there a special kind of paper one should use?

Also, I read somewhere that origami is good for the brain...especially the developing brains of kids.
 

Topaz

Legend
Lifted...there is special 'origami/folding' paper you can buy (usually in craft stores or online), but I have fun using different wrapping papers, or even newspaper. Anything that folds well and looks cool to you will work!

Origami is very good for developing spatial skills, in both adults and kids.
 

diredesire

Adjunct Moderator
I like folding/hands on/craftsy stuff, although I do a lot less of the artsy stuff nowadays, I like to solder and tinker with electronics more.

As far as origami, i loved it when I was younger, but never got to the advanced stuff, as I had the hardest time figuring out WTF they were trying to illustrate with some of their directions. :confused::confused:

(No instructions, just picture flows). Some of the arrows here, "tada" instructions were mind boggling.
 

ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
I bought my daughter a book on this about 3 years ago. It was pretty comprehensive. She tried the easy stuff and then gave it up.
 

edberg505

Legend
I used to when i was little. I've been interested
in moneygami lately. costs it bit more...

I've been looking for the instructions on how to make
this one but can find it:

http://art.commongate.com/post/Show_Me_the_Moneygami/
Yeah, I love moneygami. I sometimes leave tips in restaurants using it. Some of these I have never seen before though. I'll have to see if I can find how to make some of them. I know how to make a shirt, a spider, a scorpion, and a horseshoe crab.

I started by just picking up a book at a bookstore one summer...and got hooked, especially with the variations you get by using different kinds of paper. I did find many online diagrams, but I still go back to that first book. All my pieces are at school...I'll try to take a picture when we go back.
Can you do some of the complex stuff? I have one of John Montroll's books. That guy is a guru.

I like folding/hands on/craftsy stuff, although I do a lot less of the artsy stuff nowadays, I like to solder and tinker with electronics more.

As far as origami, i loved it when I was younger, but never got to the advanced stuff, as I had the hardest time figuring out WTF they were trying to illustrate with some of their directions. :confused::confused:

(No instructions, just picture flows). Some of the arrows here, "tada" instructions were mind boggling.
Yeah, I've seen some directions and I'm like what the hell? How did they go from here to here?
 

edberg505

Legend
I cannot recommend this book enough...

Thank you for posting this. I have been looking for this book for a while now. I just never new the name of it. I saw it in a book store about 2 years ago and I haven't been able to find it since. I anxious to try some of those out. Have you done any and do they really fly?
 

Lifted

Semi-Pro
Lifted...there is special 'origami/folding' paper you can buy (usually in craft stores or online), but I have fun using different wrapping papers, or even newspaper. Anything that folds well and looks cool to you will work!

Origami is very good for developing spatial skills, in both adults and kids.
Oh, very cool! Thanks, Topaz.
 
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