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Google Doodle – Akira Yoshizawa

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.

http://www.google.com/doodles/akira-yoshizawas-101st-birthday

Enjoy!

 

 

2 Comments

  1. nkhang wrote:

    Walalami,

    I would have to say that this is one my favorite form of arts too. I love the creation of objects as in origami and my obsession started when a woman at work used to leave little things she made out of a dollar bill everything I helped her—her way of saying thanks to me— but there a huge deal of effort and time goes into this kind of work. I was inspired to try some myself but it did not turn out too well.
    It was however nice to know that the pioneer of all paper art was Yoshizawa. this information should come in handy.

    Thanks!

    Monday, March 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Permalink
  2. sbrown18 wrote:

    I have always thought that origami and paper folding techniques were really interesting. However I wasn’t aware that there was a process that involved wetting the paper first.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7:05 am | Permalink