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Diffusion of Origami into the U.S. and Germany in the 1980

I wrote a paper on why Origami became popular in Germany and the United States in the 1980. This paper was part of my studies of sociology, I hope fellow folders find my argument compelling.

My Idea was that the succes of Origami in the west is linked to Japans economic boom, not due to developments of origami itself.

Contents:

The first chapter describes the development of paper-folding as a craft itself and the history of its adoption in Germany and the U.S. This is followed by a section that applies the theory of the diffusion of innovation to the popularisation of origami. The next chapter uses this theory to argue for a sociological explanation for the timing of the popularisation of origami. The subsequent conclusion summarises the argument. Finally a small amount of figures that were used in the main-chapter is reproduced, to be followed by a list of references.

 

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Origami Goat by Peterpaul Forcher

How to make an Origami Goat

origami goat

follow the easy Video instructions to make your own Origami Goat with just one sheet of paper. No cuts, no glue needed!

About the Model

the Origami Goat has been designed by Peterpaul Forcher. It’s difficulty is  low intermediate. It makes a good challenge for people that already fold models like the Origami Crane with ease. Any kind of origami paper can be user to fold this Goat. You need to divide the sheet into thirds, so either you need tools like a ruler, or have a similar way of doing division in the paper. In the tutorial video, one “pure origami Way” to do this is demonstrated.

About the Designer

Peterpaul Forcher worked as a Teacher of Mathematics in Lienz, Austria.  He was an early and active Member of the German Origami association „Origami Deutschland e.V.“ . His Origami Models almost always have a clear geometric construction. His later work, which consisted of collages, gained him recognition as a serious artist. Many exhibitions followed. The “masters of origami” exhibition in Salzburg, Austria being the biggest. Most of his models remain undocumented or unpublished, a small collection of diagrams can be found at the homepage of Carmen Sprung  He died on the 28th of May in 2006 aged almost 60 years.

origami companion cube

How to make your own origami companion cube from portal

image of the origami companion cube

image of the origami companion cube

This companion cube is  the traditional waterbomb with a special skin applied to it. you can download the pdf template here.

Design traditional
Material quadratic sheet
Difficulty easy
Time to fold about 7 minutes

 

 

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Origami Table

How to make an easy Origami Table

The table is a traditional origami model that is easy to fold and suitable for beginners.

Design traditional
Material quadratic sheet
Difficulty easy
Time to fold about 7 minutes

 

 

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