Visual Culture

The Origin of Origami + Sadako Sasaki’s 1000 cranes


“Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes” by
-A story about a young girl who fell ill from the after math of the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima. In hopes to fight the battle against Leukemia, she embarks on a mission to create 1000 paper cranes to be granted a wish, the wish to live.

Orizuru: Loosely translated as “paper crane”
Ori: to fold
kami: paper

Artist: Satoshi Kamiya
Title: Ryujin 3.5

History of Japanese Origami
-The origins of Origami in 1962 derived it’s name during the Showa period. However, during the Edo period, pertaining to certain texts found during this era, the act of manipulating paper were seen as being already prevalent. “Kirigami” (paper cutting) and “Kumigami (paper assembly) are two ways in which paper manipulation became a key component in Japanese culture, some claim this to be true for particular religious practices or festivities.

Artist: James R. Ford

Artist: James Roper
Title: Devotion (10,000 origami flowers)

Artist: Hellenwhite
Title: “Wild Garden”

Artist: DIOR

Lesson plan ideas:
1. Folding in memory of a sick/dead individual
2. The power of numbers
3. Landscape paper sculptures
4. War + People

Origami Book:
“Everything Origami” by Matthew Gardiner