It all started in 2010 when I folded a paper crane for no reason and shared a picture of it with my network in Facebook. Never did I realise then this random act would soon become a hobby , passion and sometimes my secret tool for meditation. I list down 5 reasons as to why I practice this form of art and what it has taught me over the years.
Barrier to start = Minimal
Origami is one form of art where all one needs is a piece of paper and time thats it you are on. Once you have done few basic models you will get fascinated by the metamorphosis that a square sheet of paper goes through by only folding to produce interesting models which are visually aesthetic.
If you have a paper around now is the time to fold
Having experienced runners high multiple times, I also experience what I call a folders high every-time I do and complete a complex model . When these complex models are done right as per the instructions in the book or youtube at one stage you knew you will complete it. Trust me if not endorphins there is definitely a sudden surge of pleasure hormones in you which make you feel elated . I have had them when I folded the ones below and can say with full conviction that it’s not always a rolled paper with tobacco which can give you that feeling a flat one when folded can do the same.
Folding papers have never killed anyone . Give it a try
The science behind folding
Origami has wide range of applications in various spheres of science, medicine and engineering. The reason behind is this form of art speaks a universal language called mathematics. I need to write a separate blog on applications of origami but I would request you to watch this awesome documentary in youtube
The design of stent which is used in angioplasty is based on the principles of folding sequence used in this model below and there is a lot of research on how protein folds in the human body and how it be simulated via paper folding.
Soon Origami will have answers to complex diseases
The model below has wide applications in materials science and there are 3 or 4 publications in reputed journals based on this model. Scientists in cornell are even trying to study its properties when applied in graphene.
Appreciation for Design
As a product manager in Kissflow design plays a very significant important part of my life and having a passion for an art which involves science and mathematics not only helps be personally but also helps me professionally. I could now appreciate finer aspects of design every where and could see it with emotion as Don Norman author of Design of Everyday Things quote
Cognition attempts to make sense of the world: emotion assigns value.
To fold life
Origami is all about mountain and valley folds- So is life.
To quote origami artist Paul Jackson nature folds, galaxies folds and folding is so synonymous with life that you and I are born through this process of folding. Every-time I feel low I find peace in folding papers and I find the whole process meditative.
Are you ready to fold ?