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.
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.
Download the Paper as PDF
How to make an 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 Most of his models remain undocumented or unpublished, a small collection of diagrams can be found at the homepage of Carmen Sprung He died on the 28th of May in 2006 aged almost 60 years.
|Material one sheet sheet of paper,
|Time about 10 minutes
The origami frog is a traditional model that is very easy. In fact, it is the very first model I learned. So I can safely recommend it for beginners. It takes about five minutes to fold. Once you practiced a little how to fold this jumping frog you will be able to fold it much quicker.
Roulette Star by Paolo Basketta
This star was designed Paolo Bascetta, who is famous for his modular Stars. The design is also called roulette or spinning star. You need nine sheets of paper to fold it. One of the simple module takes less than a minute to make. This makes the origami star a great project for beginners.
In the category Fresh Folds I show you what I folded recently.
Winged Heart by Francis Ow
I folded this because Valetines is comming up and also I promised a video tutorial of this model to a few people for over a year now. (The recording is done now)
But to the model itself: I’m not a big fan of cheesy origami so that is probably why I have mixed feelings about this fold. Still I found the folding sequence rather interesting especially the way it includes somewhat a windmill-base and the colour change is done. It was interesting to find out there is also a version of this with one color that had a very different folding sequence in the diagram and hasn’t got the extra layer on the wings (I can’t link it due to copyright) If everything goes well there will be a video of this fold within a week. Mr. Ow already granted me permission to do so.