What is origami?
Most people nowadays at least know what the word means: it's "the Japanese art of paper folding."
However, what many people have not realized is just how far beyond traditional cranes and flowers origami
has advanced as an art form. Origami has branched into many directions, including styles like minimalism
or geometric, but the most remarkable growth is in the
direction of complex representational designs. Take for example, the famous Ryujin 3.5 designed by Satoshi Kamiya.
What captivates me about origami in this direction is how perfectly it merges art and engineering. On the art side, origami is essentially the process of transforming a 2 dimensional geometric shape into a 3 dimensional figure capable of embodying emotions and movement and character--simply by adding folds. When you really think about it, it's quite magical.
But the other amazing thing is that this transformation is not purely a result of luck or the artist's skill, but there are underlying geometric rules and structures that can be carefully engineered and designed to carry out this transformation. This is where crease patterns come in.