“Over all, I want you to discover the joy of creation by your own hand. … The possibility of creation from paper is infinite.”
— Akira Yoshizawa
Akira Yoshizawa was considered by many people to be the grandmaster of origami. Today it´s his 101st birthday, so he was born in March 1911. He died in 2005, and he created over 50.000 models. Thanks to him origami is no longer a craft, but living arts.
Washington Post: “FOR CENTURIES, ORIGAMI was used to make traditional objects, like simple boats and birds, until one man finally brought the art form into the modern fold.
Akira Yoshizawa imbued his paper artworks with sublime elegance and sculptural innovation. And much how an origami artist transforms a simple sheet of paper into three-dimensional magic, Yoshizawa — model by model, diagram by diagram, year after year — transformed a child’s pastime into the very art of “living” origami.
Today, Google celebrates the 101st anniversary of the late Yoshizawa’s birth with a pleated home-page “Doodle” adorned with ready-to-flutter butterflies so associated with the artist.
The Doodle was created with the help of Robert J. Lang, an origami master in his own right. “The combination of simplicity and depth is part of the essence of origami, and is key to Yoshizawa’s work and legacy,” says Lang, a 50-something former laser physicist who left behind NASA and Silicon Valley jobs to devote himself to the science of origami.”
Read on at Washington Post.
- Official Google Blog: Adding an origami doodle to the fold
- Wikipedia: AKIRA YOSHIZAWA - ORIGAMI