Composed of the Japanese words ‘oru’ (to fold) and ‘kami’ (paper), the rule of origami is one piece of paper, no cutting, and no glue. Often this can be easier said than done when trying to transform a piece of paper into shapes and sculptures. The art of origami has a rich and complex history rooted in culture, geography, and class.
The History of Origami
Paper in sheet form is thought to have been invented in China around 105 A.D. and was brought to Japan by monks in the sixth century, though the paper was considered a luxury for ceremonial use only. However, by the Edo period, paper folding became recreational and was now regarded as an art form. Freidrich Froebel recognised the educational benefits and helped to spread paper folding around the world, and the word ‘Origami’ only began to be used when Froebelian folds were introduced in Japanese schools in the 19th century.
Forget colouring in, fold your way into a calmer mind
Origami engages your mind, disconnecting you from any current feelings, stress, and thoughts that may be occupying your mind, allowing you to distance yourself from the outside world. You can become so immersed in folding, observing, and creating, that origami has the ability to distract your mind from any worries to help you relieve stress. Equally, origami requires a great deal of concentration so if you want a successful outcome you can’t allow your mind to wander.
We are living increasingly busy lives, rushing and struggling to juggle everything so much that being present in the moment is often overlooked. The activity of origami forces you to slow down and concentrate on the present moment, offering you some serenity amidst hectic day-to-day life.
Share the art of Origami
Origami designs are simple yet complicated and can give you a feeling of immense satisfaction, being able to complete a design, and watching a piece of paper transform into art. The art of origami extends beyond the individual, your origami creations are something that can be shared through gifting to your family and friends. Mathew Gardiner, origami artist believes that:
“....giving to someone is something that can make friendships, bridge cultural gaps and brighten a room”
You can start with some origami stars which are a symbol of good luck or a paper crane representing good fortune. According to an ancient Japanese legend:
"Anyone that folds a thousand origami cranes, is granted one wish"
Why not make a start today on your origami journey and learn a new skill?
Alternatively, take a look at our own piece of origami art, with the Origami Organiser, you can keep your mind active and your Wǒ products organised! This interactive, ‘fold it yourself’ storage box keeps your skincare neatly organised, when less is more.
Featuring a dual function section for holding a mobile or securing any opened product currently in use. The box is made from recycled paper, arrives flat packed with folding instructions for assembly, and is now available to buy online
We’d love to see your creations and hear about your experiences with origami however successful or not it's all a part of learning! Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and tag us in any photos on our Instagram via @wearewo_uk.