Fantastic Origami ResourcesJune 13, 2012 at 11:00 am | Posted in Craft Corner | Leave a comment
Tags: crafts, origami, paper
Hello there, fellow artists! We here at Imikimi are excited to have you back with us as we roll out yet another neat-o feature! It’ll come as no surprise that we love all things art, including crafts. And today we’re going to highlight a few awesome websites that will provide you with hundreds of crafting ideas with one of our favorite materials, paper. Paper is one of those materials that is all around us, at all times, and yet it’s rare that we ever use it for much more than jotting down a few notes or scribbling out a few doodles to pass the time. Thankfully, origami is a crafting skill dedicated to transforming paper into works of art.
Originating in Japan in the 1600’s, origami—Japanese for “folding paper”—is a traditional artform. By its very nature, origami is simply the art of folding paper into 3-dimensional forms. Therefore, any cuts made to the paper or glue that is applied cannot be considered to be true origami (and is likely to fall under another category, known as “papercraft”). Origami is as much an art form as is painting, music, sculpture, etc. Most of us have dabbled with it at some time in our lives, most likely as children. But there is no reason why it has to end there! There are countless, amazing origami resources available online.
The Origami Club is a fantastic resource for all things origami, mostly ranging from beginner skill level to intermediate. Once on the homepage, you can then browse through 27 different categories, depending on the type of origami object you’d like to create. These include animals, food, Halloween, bugs, Valentine’s Day, nature, clothes, and more. There are step by step diagrams showing you just how to pull off your selected piece, and there are even animations showing you the steps in an animated sequence, perfect for following along with. The Origami Club is a great starting point to get your toes wet within the area of origami.
If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, we highly recommend you take the time to check out the Origami Resource Center. While the website itself is a bit trickier to navigate. From Star Wars origami to origami boxes, all the way to toilet paper origami (and even toilet paper wedding dresses)! There are all sorts of odds and ends to be found. While there are many, many diagrams to be found here, it is also a learning destination where more information can be discovered about the craft of origami, and to see the ways in which artists are pushing the envelope of what can be created with simply paper.
Thanks so much for stopping by the official blog of Imikimi! Stick around soon as we’ll have more fresh and exciting articles for you! Until then!
The Imikimi Team
“Great art picks up where nature ends.” — Marc Chagall