Kirigami, Between Art And Science

From the Japanese tradition comes the art of cutting and folding paper that cretaes highly sophisticated three-dimensional geometric models

  • Kirigami, Between Art And Science
  • Kirigami, Between Art And Science

A sheet of paper and a pair of scissors. These are the simple ingredients of kirigami, a complex art that brings the classic Japanese origami to a brand new level. The name itself, coined in 1962 by the origami expert Florence Temko, explains it all: it derives from the Japanese words kiri ("to cut") and kami ("paper").
And the cutting is precisely what differentiates it from origami: first you need to make the cuts, then you fold the sheets to get a three-dimensional effect which can also be very elaborate. So much so that kirigami is used not only to create artistic or figurative objects, but also architectural and geometric models used in physics, nanotechnologies, engineering, and the aerospace industry.
On a purely aesthetic level, kirigami is undoubtedly something incredibly fascinating: just take a look at the architecture books that use this technique to create three-dimensional models of some of the most beautiful buildings ever made, such as those desgned by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Beyond its most noble applications, kirigami can also be a fun pastime or a way to develop one's own creativity and manual skills, even if only by designing a special kirigami greeting card. Wanna try? Just google the word - there are plenty of video tutorials available.

Author : The Slowear Journal


kirigami  | origami  | design  | art  | manual skills  | DIY  | architecture  |

related articles | Design & Innovation |