The Art Of Origami

The art of Origami has constantly evolved over the years, keeping the art-form fresh and alive. Inspired by the things that have been popular and important at a particular period of time, the art of Origami is always in tune with various cultures from various parts of the world. If you want to find yourself working on a hobby that has unlimited potential and a massive scope for entertainment, then you need to dwell into the art of Origami.

Throughout history, Origami has been known for the traditional designs that people love to make. Those cranes and swans are brilliant examples of this traditional Japanese art-form, as are the butterflies, goldfish and the horse. As Origami spread around the world and gained more popularity, there were a lot more people adding their own influences to it, creating designs of animals, birds, reptiles, objects and more. The only difference was, that these were things that they were aware of from their own cultures.

The Transition

When Origami first began in Japan, the sculptures were always based around the things that were popular and prominent in the Japanese culture. Birds like the crane, which hold special significance in Japanese culture, became the symbols of this art-form. As the show spread to other countries, every person spent time learning the art and, then, used that knowledge to add their own touch to the hobby.

Soon, the art of Origami began taking new shape as cars, airplanes, space crafts and robots became the norm. Everything was moving in a whole new direction - a direction where innovation was more important than tradition. Film characters became extremely popular and as people realised that traditional designs were becoming easier to handle, they brought in elements like elements from Star Wars, from the Predator movies and more, creating new challenges on their own.

Here's how you can make one of the iconic space-crafts from the Star War series, the brilliant Star Fight design.

Making the Star Fighter

The first thing to do, when making the Star Fighter, is to make the base. You start by folding the paper diagonally and then turning it over to fold it along the other diagonal. You will find a diamond-shape forming on the paper, with the creases. Now, pick up a fold (one that's pointing upwards), open it up and flatten it before folding the left-side of the diamond over to the right side. Repeat this step with the other two flaps of the diamond as well.

Then comes the part where you need to put in a bit of effort - the first bit is to find a side of the paper where the edge goes across the point, just like you had at the end of the first step. With the open side pointing down, you need to fold each side into the middle before unfolding it. Then, lift the edge that runs across, all the way to the top, which will allow the sides to naturally fold inwards. The shape, now, will resemble something like a long-diamond.

You can make this step easier by folding the top point of the paper, down to the bottom, thereby creating a crease that will give you a reference point for the previously mentioned step.

Repeat the diamond-elongation step on all four sides and, then, fold three of the diamonds, from the top, all the way down to the bottom. This should give you four legs, each of which needs to be folded halfway by using a mountain fold, turning it inside out. Flatten it and you should find this quite similar to what a crane's neck or tail might look.

Take one of the legs and flatten it at the bottom. Take one of the top-sides and fold it to make the bottom follow the crease created by the leg, without taking the top all the way to the point. This pattern of folding will need to be done on all sides. After you complete this part, you will find one side looking completely different from the others. Pull that side up to make it look like a cockpit, or a raised mount.

Now, point the sculpture towards you and, on each of the legs, flatten out the tips of the legs and turn it towards you (or the front of the fighter). These will become the lasers for your model and you, with that little fold, will complete a breathtaking sculpture of the Star Wars' X-Wing Star Fighter.

Like the Star Fighter, you will find a lot of designs that have come into the art of Origami and made everything a lot more interesting. While a crane, with all its history and tradition, won't really hold the attention of your child, you can guarantee that the Star Fighter will make them want to know more about the art of Origami.

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