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Art Event: Free Origami Workshop
When: Thursday April 5th 2012, (10.30am-12.30pm – Drop in)
Where: Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University (Directions)
Tucked away just inside the main entrance of Newcastle University you can find the Hatton Gallery, which on the 5th of April will be holding a free drop in origami workshop with the Chinese artist Lip Lee. While this may sound intimidating, all are welcome and no prior origami experience is required!
Origami (折り紙) is the Japanese art of paper folding, and began at some point after paper was introduced by Buddhist monks to Japan in the 6th century. The first recorded use of origami was in 1680 in a Poem by Ihara Saikaku which described the use of origami butterflies in Shinto weddings. The first known origami guide book was written in Japan in 1797, since then origami has become ingrained into Japanese culture and lore, with memorable tales of paper birds that turned into real ones becoming common children’s stories.
Modern origami owes much to Akira Yoshizawa’s resurgence of the art form in 1954, from there Origami has grown into a global phenomenon with increasingly complex designs forming incredible creations that baffle the mind with their ingenuity. Of course simplicity still holds strong with the paper crane remaining one of the simplest and most popular origami designs the world over.