origami is an origami design style which is naive
in the sense that the fundamental proportions and
look of the designs are largely determined by
working within a set of simple rules, with the
intention that this leaves the designer less in
control of the creative process, in much the same
way that a writer is less in control of the
language used when creating a short structured
poem like a haiku or a limerick rather than
When I became interested in this
idea I already had a few designs which could be
considered 'naive' in this sense, notably P-P-Pig
and B-Bear. Treating these as archetypal allowed
me to deduce a set of rules that I hoped would
allow me to find / create other designs of a
similar kind. These rules had to be sufficiently
restrictive that my intention to be less in
control of the creative process was met but not
so restrictive that it was not possible to create
designs within their parameters. After some
experimentation I settled on the six rules set
out below. I would have liked to have a seventh
rule that said that all the folds should be
clearly and simply located but that proved too
restrictive in practice.
Rule 1 -
Naive designs should be representational not
Rule 2 -
Naive designs should be made from multiple sheets
of paper (two or more).
Rule 3 -
All the pieces should be folded from sheets of
the same shape and size, preferably from squares.
Rule 4 -
All the pieces must be very simple to fold.
Rule 5 -
All the pieces should fit or lock together to
create the design.
Rule 6 - No
flap or point should be narrowed beyond 22.5
which conform to the six rules with the exception
of rules 3 or 5 can only be described as semi
rather than fully naive because the proportions
of the design are more easily controlled by the
designer under these circumstances.
As always I
am particularly fond of designs which demonstrate
a sense of fun or humour or which fit or lock
together in original or unusual ways.
It is worth
noting that if you remove the requirement for the
designs to be multi-piece then many traditional
designs, such as the Flapping Bird, would qualify
as naive designs. The Crane would not, however,
because the points are thinned beyond 22.5