The Art of Origami

John Lackner

In the 1600s paper folding, known as origami, was a popular recreational practice in Japan and other Asian countries. While it was used for recreational pastimes, it was heavily used in ceremonial gatherings. By the1800s, kindergarten students were learning paper folding in Europe and Asia.

In modern days, origami is just something most people do as a hobby or just to have fun. There are thousands of new folding patterns that have been made, especially with the advancements made in mathematics and geometry since the 17th century.

One of the forefathers of modern origami, Akira Yoshizawa, has recorded different folding patterns since the early 1900s. His form, the Yoshizawa-Randlett diagramming system, inspired a whole new wave of paper folding fanatics to hop onto this scene. Many people started systematically measuring the folds in their creations, causing a rapid increase in the diversity and complexity of origami creations.

Lastly, many origami creations can be copyrighted by their creators because it’s considered an intellectual art form. With all the different forms and types of folding, you can use it’s hard to fit it all into this story, but I highly suggest looking into this almost-forgotten artform.