This past week was the 101st birthday of Akira Yoshizawa, who is renowned as the grandfather of modern day origami. You may have seen the Google Doodle dedicated to him on Wednesday. He was born in Kaminokawa Japan on March 14th, 1911. His most significant contributions to the world of origami were the Yoshizawa-Randlett System as well as the wet-folding technique.
The Yoshizawa-Randlette System is a set of basic diagrams with arrows and line folds which have come to represent the standard language of origami today. Even if the written directions aren’t in a language you can read, the symbols of this system still allow you to execute each step. Wet-folding creates more sculpted looking, finished products through moistening the paper. This technique is usually used on thicker paper rather than thinner origami paper that can rip easily when damp.
Growing up, I did a lot of origami with my mom and sisters. I think it’s a great Sunday afternoon crafting project. I recently made some food origami from a sushi kit that looked good enough to eat!
I made some origami sushi and a pancake with butter, yum!
The Paper Place carries a lot of fun origami kits, books and different sizes and patterns of paper for any type of origami you would like to create. Come in and try something!