Origami is art. It is birds and animals and flowers. It is decoration for your dinner table or a basket to carry your picnic. It's a paper hat or boat to bring a smile to a small child. It's a container for storing your odds and ends. It's a clever presentation for a gift. Origami is mathematics. It is a puzzle, a challenge and an aid to teaching. Origami is therapy, its relaxation; it increases dexterity and develops patience. Origami is a lot of things. Now there is Computational Origami, an inspiration and a problem solver for commercial and industrial products.
The Mathematics of Origami
If you have ever held a piece of origami in your hand you have in all probability been at least tempted to open it just to see how the folding was done. The geometry involved in the piece is something you could easily see in the creases displayed on the opened paper.
What Materials are Needed for Origami?
Origami is an activity requiring just one physical material - paper. With just one piece of paper an individual can create numerous beautiful and complex compositions. They type of paper used for origami would depend on the project. For simple projects such as a paper airplane or a crane, normal copy paper (19-24lbs) is sufficient. For people who are learning this art, using normal copy paper would likely be a smart idea since it would be less-expensive than buying fancy origami paper.