Did you get into origami as a child or as an adult?
As a child, I learned the traditional boat and classic crane, but it wasn’t until I was well into adulthood that I really got into origami.
It was the Christmas holiday season in New York City. I was walking with my husband down a busy Fifth Avenue in midtown when I stopped suddenly, spellbound by the image of a huge Christmas tree filled with decorations of folded paper figures revolving in the windows of the Japan Airlines office.
Soon after, I bought an origami book with the intention of giving it as a Christmas present to either my (mathematician) sister, or to my (engineer) brother who, as a child, loved making and playing with origami frogs.
My background is in art and illustration, and when I opened that origami book, Origami Omnibus by Kunihiko Kasahara, I was hooked. My passion for folding paper ignited right there and then. It was 1988 and I was 28 years old!
Needless to say, that Christmas neither my brother or sister received a copy of the book as a gift from me ;-)
For all these many years, origami has contributed a great deal to my life. It has been a source of joy, play, intellectual challenge, and, most gratifyingly, social interaction.
I am grateful for your presence in my life and here on Origami Spirit!
I’m telling you my own story regarding origami because I’d love to know how you got into origami, and I’m trying to identify what else we, origami lovers, might have in common.
Would you mind responding to this post (privately or as a comment) and sharing with me a little bit about the story of your own involvement with origami and how it came about?
Here are some questions you might think of as prompts. Answering some or all would be appreciated.
- What first prompted you to get into origami? When you did, were you thinking of sharing it with others or just doing it for yourself?
- Did you get into origami as a child or as an adult?
- What is your background (art, math, science, teaching, other)?
- How has origami contributed to your life?
By all means, share your response with me. I’d love to hear from you!