Origami Modular Sculpture

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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.


About schinnery1996

My name is Shanelle Chinnery and I study Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College. It’s my third year and the last time this bio was updated was on my very first day of college. I had ended off my previous bio with my desire to grow throughout my years here in Alfred State and with my senior year on the horizon, I’m glad to say I’ve definitely grown since that day. With the variety of classes and mediums I’ve experienced during these three years, I’ve learned what grasps my attention and what strays it away. I came into college with an unclear direction of what I wanted to do in my field and to be quite honest, I’m still not sure what direction I’m going in, but I have a better idea. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of animation, but then again I also enjoy animating in 3D and would love to explore the possibility of voice acting. While I’m uncertain about the exact route of my future, I still take great pride in the how much I’ve changed, art wise. I’ve gained knowledge and experience in endless number of programs I never thought I’d be able to work around, I’ve grown accustomed to digital art rather than traditional pencil to paper art, and most importantly, I’m just a better artist in general. I could say that is my favorite achievement and I can’t wait to see what my future holds in this field.
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