This month’s theme at the Origami Society of Madras is a little different from usual. This month, we are working on a theme author instead of a theme object. And the author we have voted for is the grand-master of origami – Akira Yoshizawa.
The beauty of Akira Yoshizawa’s models lie in the simple, elegant lines of his fold. His genius is evident in the way he captures an animal or an insect with the fewest folds possible! Ofcourse, there are a number of complex models to his name but his simple ones are the ones that capture the attention of even a beginner origamist.
His most popular model is the butterfly. I love this butterfly. When I first started teaching my daughter some basic origami, this was among the first models I taught her. And she became quite famous in her class, because she could fold a butterfly while most of her classmates folded only boats And inspite of the butterfly being an easy model to fold, it still looks amazingly like a butterfly! No wonder Akira Yoshizawa is credited as an origami grand master!
So today, what I folded was the origami shrimp from his book “Origami Museum Animals”. Though the model is called a lobster, I think it resembles the shrimp more than it resembles the lobster. Again, with the fewest of folds, the grand-master has beautifully helped me fold a couple of cute little shrimps! Each shrimp is folded from a triangle formed by cutting along the diagonal of a square. In the notes, he has said that if the paper is thin enough, we can fold the square along its diagonal and then proceed with the shrimp, but I preferred folding it from a triangle. It helps that we can fold 2 shrimps from a single square which is what I did.
Creator: Akira Yoshizawa
Book: Origami Museum Animals
Author: Akira Yoshizawa
Difficulty Level: Low Intermediate
Paper Ratio: Triangle
Paper Size: 9.5 inch square cut along the diagonal
Model Size: The body measures ~ 3.5 inches and the antennae measure ~ 3.25 inches