Newsflash: Origami is Definitely Cool!

So, I was all ready to do an entry this week about fiction set during the Roman Empire. That changed after I got home from work last night because on one of the PBS stations was the coolest Independent Lens program I’ve seen (and I’ve watched a few). The show, Between the Folds, was all about the art and science of paper folding. Before you scoff, you should see some of the objects created. The pieces below were created with just one sheet of paper!

Origami Mushroom and the Flower Tower

The documentary also opened my eyes to the ways in which the art of folding is making an impact in fields such as medicine and space technology. I knew that math teachers often used origami to help students understand geometry, but I was amazed at how cool, beautiful, and useful origami still is. It even inspired me to take a look at origami again (and to write this post – Roman fiction will have to wait!).

Here are a few of the resources we have on origami:

10-Fold Origami: Fabulous Paperfolds You Can Make in Just 10 Steps! – Peter Engel

3D Origami: Step-by-Step Illustrations

Advanced Origami – Didier Boursin

Dollar Bill Animals in Origami: The National Origami Treasury – John Montroll

Making Origami Masks Step by Step – Michael G. LaFosse

Minigami: Mini Origami Projects for Cards, Gifts and Decorations – Gay Merrill Gross

Napkin Origami: 25 Creative and Fun Ideas for Napkin Folding

Origamido: The Art of Folded Paper – Michael G. LaFosse

Origami Flowers: Popular Blossoms and Creative Bouquets – Hiromi Hayashi

Origami in Action: Paper Toys that Fly, Flap, Gobble, and Inflate! by Robert J. Lang

Russian Origami by Sergei Afonkin

Sticky Note Origami – David Mitchell

Super Quick Origami Animals – Nick Robinson

DVD – Fold It Beyond Traditional Origami: Greeting Cards, Books, Boxes, and More – Karen Thomas

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