Second Starting Point: Origami

Feeling as though I had fully researched into colour and knowing I had to form 3 research areas to present at the end of the phase, I decided to choose a different starting point to look into. Going back to the first session with Adam where we outlined a range of the starting points, I looked over the points and selected origami, due to it being of great interest to me and one really want to explore into.






Twitter Search #Origami

I decided to start this research differently by searching on Twitter using the #origami, to discover contemporary issues or conversations around origami, to use as part of a starting point.


Screenshots of some of the interesting twitter posts I found.



WWF Origami #OrigamiMigration

One of the posts that caught my attention was the post by WWF and their wildlife campaign using the hashtag #origiamimirgration. I was intrigued as to what the hashtag was being used to show and followed the link to their website. Reading through it I realised WWF was trying to encourage the public to create origami cranes to spread the awareness of the Spanish government cancelling dredging which is damaging the habitats of the migrating birds.


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Interesting Points
  • Using origami for world good
  • Origami has a meaning behind it
  • Symbolic


TED Talk : Robert Lang


Another link I found from my Twitter search was this TED Talk by Robert Lang, where he explains the mathematics behind origami and how it has evolved over the years.

Notes from the video

Refer to Sketchbook 1

What I learnt
  • Rules behind origami – 2 Colorability, Mountain- Valley Count, Angles around vertex, Layering Order
  • Repeating patterns create textures and then incorporating them with current crease patterns creates the highly details designs we see today.
  • TreeMaker is a tool that can be used to form crease fold from stick drawings
  • Packin circles into a crease pattern helps to create a body like structure
  • used in many scientific, medicinal and space purposes. – Folding up telescopes or cameras to travel and then expand when they reach their destination.


Pieces by Robert Lang
  • Maths of the pattern – From the video I found it particularly interesting how there was such a science behind the creation of origami and how a pattern of lines and shapes creates a 3D character. I find it captivating as I can’t truly visualise or comprehend how a series of lines and shapes fold up to form a piece of art, as there is no visual connection between the pattern and the end product, making it appear like magic in my head.
  • Complexity, detail and proportional accuracy of the pieces – Fascinated at how much fine detail can be created from a sheet of paper, its mind blowing to me how it was created simply from folding a flat sheet of paper. Impossible.



Mind Map

Scans of my origami mind map, created to help me expand out my initial ideas of what Origami is and can be.




Points of Interest
  • Origins of origami – I’m interested into how origami started, was there a reason, or a story behind it.
  • Meanings behind pieces of origami – I find this interesting as I imagine different origami having different meanings and given characters different powers, though I don’t know if this is the case and I want to discover this.


  • Continue expanding out the starting point, to explore a range of possible areas to research into further. I plan to do this by using imagery from Flickr, Pinterest, and other image sites, in order to form photomontages and use tags to expand my research points.