The Origami Influence

Winter School 2017
Instructor: Anand Vishwanathan
23 January 2018

Technically, Origami is a traditional Japanese art of paper folding, the goal of which is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture without cutting or using glue. But it is not just about folding paper, it is about a lot of other things as well. In this course students explore this craft as a practice that focuses on training attention and awareness in order to bring mental processes under greater voluntary control and thereby developing capacities such as calmness, clarity and concentration, in one word – ‘Meditation’.

Origami can be roughly classified as follows -
1) Living Origami (birds, flowers)
2) Modular Origami Polyhedra (making repetitive modules and assembling them together)
3) Tessellations & Fractals (complex repetitive patterns made out of a single sheet of paper)
4) Action Origami (models that change shape).

Apart from understanding mirrored symmetry, radial symmetry and spirals, emphasis was given to Modular Origami and different types of polyhedra such as Platonic and Archimedean solids (like Tetrahedrons, Dodecahedrons, Octahedrons, Icosahedrons, Rhombicosidodecahedrons, Anti-prisms, Di-pyramids); Kepler-Poinsot solids (mainly stars and stellated objects) and certain complex Carbon Atom structures such as Bucky Balls and Nano-Tubes.

Student participants: Chavan Pranoti , Narola Divyakant, Bikram Nath, Bedekar Pralhad, Pooja Kawadkar, Renemtila Ao, Shriprada Joshi, Aishwarya Das, Mythili, Subhra Mohanty, Anushree Darshana, Chiara Dcruz, Ruth George, Ashutosh Dixit, Isha Bhatt, Ishan Soni, Yatin Wadhwa, Himani Joshi, Vaishnani Nirali, Priyanka Chaudhary.