Origami, the ancient art of Japanese paper folding, something I’ve tried on numerous occasions but which I’ve never really got the hang of. I’ve never been able to make a paper boat properly, or one of those fortune teller things that all the girls made at school to find out who they would marry, I can’t even manage a simple snapping beak; the ones that you put your fingers and thumbs in. I can only just about manage a paper aeroplane, but even they don’t fly very well.
Origami - ori meaning ‘folding’, and kami meaning ‘paper’ - is often associated with Japanese culture, but I guess children everywhere have paper, and as they are creative, it’s probably a universal thing. The goal is to transform a flat sheet square of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. I on the other hand will always end up with a plane no matter what I am trying to make.
I once tried an origami crane, it ended up as a plane. Then I tried a lotus flower, it ended up as a plane. I even tried a frog and guess what? Well, I told everybody it was a flying frog, but actually it was a plane.
I had friends who could do some pretty neat paper folding. I even knew a farmer who started an origami business, but he was arrested for rustling and it folded (I bet that one had you in creases). As I said I really never got the hang of it and my origami remains very basic. I can’t even fold a piece of A4 paper to make it fit a third A4 envelope without having to re-crease it three or four times. Oh well we can’t all be black belts can we.