In my Aesthetics class, I was instructed to read and watch a video about the art of paper folding. I never realized how much effort goes into folding a single piece of paper. The math, the intricate folding, whether the paper is slightly damp; all these are just a few of things to keep in mind when folding paper.
I also thought it was quite interesting how paper folding was categorized. All the geniuses were followers of Yoshizawa, the master of all paper folding. I thought it was a little odd that postmodernist folding techniques were not considered a part of the “canon”. I felt like it definitely symbolized the western world and what was considered high and low art.
I really appreciate the fact that Google celebrated Akira Yoshizawa’s 101st birthday about a week ago on March 14th, 2012. He was known for damping the paper before he folded, but not always. This technique is know as wet-folding. Yoshizawa was truly an amazing artist and an origami master.