79 Origami

About the project

Goals

The goal is to provide as many tools and guides as possible, so the magic is happening in your hands. Origami is not just paperwork, it is for many a way of life, an art.

More about origami

Origami is the artwork of paper folding. In modern-day usage, the word "origami" is used as an inclusive time period for all folding practices, irrespective of their lifestyle of origin. The intention is to transform a flat rectangular sheet of paper into a finished sculpture via folding and sculpting techniques. Origami folders frequently use the Japanese word kirigami to refer to designs which use cuts. The small range of basic origami folds can be combined in a whole lot of ways to make elaborate designs. The concepts of origami are also used in stents, packaging, and different engineering programs.

Almost any laminar (flat) cloth can be used for folding; the best requirement is that it need to preserve a crease.

Motivation

A reliable alternative

When paper is flat it is weak. But when it is folded or rolled it becomes much more resistant.

Promote recycling

The process of waste paper recycling most often involves mixing used/old paper with water and chemicals to break it down. Worldwide consumption of paper has risen by 400% in the past 40 years leading to increase in deforestation.

Chemicals are not required in this case. Some manual work is enough.

Custom made

The models can be easily adjusted to get the size needed.

Improves skills

Develop fine motor skills in the hands and improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.

Reduce stress

Manual labour helps reducing anxiety and stress. Origami art engages both the mind and hands to produce a calming effect.

Origami models

Available models

open box

Open box

The open box can be used to hold small things, to get better organized.

  • base dimension for box base: 0.23*paper size
  • closed box variation: make a partial rotation for the last step to get a closed box
  • purpose: functional, used for physical storage and organization of small things

How to use the diagrams

Print the diagram on a paper. You can use a piece of paper which is already used if you want to recycle. Further you should follow the instructions from the paper in the order of leading numbers.

Place the sheet tightly on the printer's edges when printing, because you have to also print the back of the paper and the faces should match one another as close as possible.

If you want the origami model just for its functionality, just follow the instructions from the sheet of paper. If the paper had some text written before the instructions were printed, you will get a cool-fashioned walls model.

If you want to create a minimalistic origami model or you want to use a non-printable sheet, you can do this in parallel with two pieces of paper: one with instructions and the other without instructions. One piece contains the printed diagrams, and the other is a clean paper. After you do a step with the sketch paper, you make it again more carefully with the other one. At the end you will have a mock origami model and another more minimalistic, fine crafted.

How to read the instructions

Read the instructions for the specific model before, if there is one. The instructions should be followed in the order of the first number.

Examples of steps: