What is origami? Origami is a form of art originated from Japan that folds paper into various shapes and figures. Origami alone is an amazing phenomenon, being an ordinary piece of paper that could turn into any shape in the book. For this project , we had to use origami shapes to build a more complicated structure.
This process is known as modular design. Modular design is created when standardized units, in this case the origami shapes, are joined together to form a larger, more complex composition. The bottom alone is a modular design, being that the feet are consisted of 24 dodecahedron modules that form to make two big dodecahedrons. As it gets to the top, we transition from dodecahedrons to triangular antiprisms that form the dragon’s body. As it finally gets to the top, we transition back to dodecahedrons for the shape of the head and the nose.
The process of actually forming the dragon was a difficult one. The main characteristic that was important to this project was patience. Abilities such as speed and overall experience are subpar compared to patience. Since my partner and I did not have much experience in the art of origami, our patience continuously ran out. However, it returned in large doses. It took a lot of patience to deal with factors such as the wings weighing the dragon down and having the triangular antiprisms close enough to hide the wire framing underneath. As the project progressed, not only was patience easier to achieve, but we gained wisdom and experience.
It’s amazing what a normal piece of paper can do. It goes from ordinary to extraordinary, showing us shapes that we never realized paper can turn into. Shapes speak a louder volume than most of us realize. For example, the circular form that the face and feet possess represents wholeness. Also, the triangular shape of the body represents the gathering of energy. It’s intriguing to know that these simple shapes actually hold a greater meaning.