|Group of Origami Stars|
I wish I could say that I stumbled upon a vibrant and rich cultural history, but in the research I did, there seems to be little knowledge of the origin of the art or what purpose it served. While traditionally assumed to be Japanese, there is evidence throughout history of the art of folded paper in many countries across Europe and Asia. Each of course had its own meaning and significance, but I was fascinated that something we so willing have accepted as being from one culture, seems to have a history that is a bit more cloudy.
Either way, I imagine the Japanese can at least be attributed with popularizing it, as it has become, in their culture, a way to honor and celebrate anything from weddings, to warriors, to memorials.
So I just wanted to share some of my favorite Origami examples that I have come across in my venture... Unfortunately they cannot all be accommodated to work in my mixed media pieces, but they are all so cool and brilliant, they dont even need me ;)!
|Folded Paper Wall-E|
|Folded Catfish from a dollar bill|
|Awesome Paper Yoda!|
|Folded Paper Lion|