It’s Not Just Paper Anymore
I realize the title is misleading-origami has been more than paper for a long time, from Palmer’s silk tessellations to the utilization of tyvec for wallets. The fashion industry, as well as architects and designers, has increasingly been finding inspiration in origami. Many things are only now coming to fruition/production.
Curtains that would have been at home at PCOC by Hannah Allijn, take a tessellating foundation and use it for a functional and delightful purpose.
Origami is structure and form, and those who are students of the craft and art are architects of structure. The ability to find collapses, constrained or otherwise, gives us the chance to test structural constraints and give aesthetic consideration at the same time. This rapidly evolving consciousness is wonderful as it has the potential to open up another approach to design. The trip to Vancouver I just returned from really made me think about the changing view of origami, while I can’t afford the vast majority of these designs it is wonderful to see how widespread they are.
Two websites that are good at finding origami trends are listed below.