origami booksMy interest in origami first sprouted in the 90’s. It began out of desperation; I had a job that left me too exhausted to do anything, and I don’t like doing nothing. I ordered a couple of origami books from a sale catalog, and started teaching myself to fold. Origami can be done sitting with one’s feet up, folding the paper on a book or other surface. It takes little physical effort and it rewards attention. And paper is cheap.

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Ali Bahmani is one of my heroes 😉

I suppose it was an improvement in my health that made me turn to other amusements – that and a lack of stimulation. With only those two books, I had a small window into the world of paper folding. Twenty years later, I took a notion to revisit Origami Land, and discovered the rich inspiration now available on the Internet. I had also explored and fallen in love with fractals by this time. The mathematical chemistry was right, and I exploded!

Origami is fractal. It is mathematical, but can be understood in an intuitive way, without thinking in words and numbers. It resonates with our own fractal nature. Our perception of beauty depends on our being in harmony with this inner structure, this relatedness to the whole fractal universe. Origami is beautiful.