They say that if you fold 1,000 origami cranes, you get one wish granted and you’ll have good luck. We’re not sure how true that is, but those paper birds sure look rad!
Origami has been around since the 18th century (give or take a few decades), and whether you love the mathematical principles (snooze!) or the art of it, artisan paper-folding is enjoyed around the world for recreation and a good challenge. There’s even a documentary on the technique, Between the Folds, directed by Vanessa Gould. Between the Folds follows some of the top contemporary origami specialists today, including a papermaker who uses his creations completely from scratch, from the paper-making to final folds.
Many people still use origami in ceremonial rituals, but contemporary origami is moving more towards a purely artisan form as well as a branch-off into the realm of complex mathematical sculptures. Masters of origami today are just as likely to be contemporary street artists as experts in physics! There’s even OrigamiUSA– a society solely dedicated to the art form. This is a pretty intense devotion to folding paper – we just kind of think it’s neat when people can make bow ties with dollar bills and moving paper dinosaurs… stuff like that. Check out Between the Folds and give origami a whirl – who knows, if you stick with it, you could have a wish (but you can’t wish for more wishes. Everyone knows that).