The centuries-old art of paper-folding, or simply origami, is becoming more popular in the West. Albeit a little late, exhibits are held to showcase finished products from paper-folders. Over the weekend, people have gathered at the Big Apple to attend the Origami Convention 2013 held at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
The New York convention even had Jorge Pardo, Director of the Zaragoza School Origami Museum, which will open in December. “We say the universe is flat and is contained in a square piece of paper. With paper you can do everything: the limit is the imagination,” shared the Iberian-based director, who is also a self-taught folder. The museum in Spain is said to be Europe’s first for origami, and is planning to showcase the works of master folders Bernie Payton and Robert Lang of the United States, Dinh Giang of Vietnam, and Satoshi Kamiya of Japan.
Besides Spain, an origami museum will also be built in Uruguay with the help of Argentine Laura Rozenberg, a member of OrigamiUSA. Rozenberg has lived in the United States for 15 years and serves as the publisher of The Paper magazine.
The art of origami is said to have been brought to Japan hundreds of years after it was invented by the Chinese in the first or second century. Despite being most common in Asia, especially in Japan, the art only entered its modern phase in the 1950s. Younger generations from the West may not be so familiar with origami, but Prison Break fans have been introduced to the art of paper-folding, as the TV series’ main character, the structural engineer Michael Scofield, was seen making paper cranes every now and then.
[via Art Daily]
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