Origami Heaven

Origami Heaven is the website of paperfolding designer and author David Mitchell

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Conceptual Origami and Origamidada
 
Introduction
 
Conceptual origami, which I also call Origamidada, is the most difficult type of origami to understand or explain. It uses the conventions of origami design, diagramming, or culture to make a serious, humorous or satirical comment about (usually) origami itself or (occasionally) wider issues. Unlike most other forms of origami it may aim to offend rather than entertain.

The idea for origamidada arose and was developed in email conversation with the late Dorothy Engleman who published diagrams for some of my conceptual origami and origamida designs, then attributed to Oliver Zachary, on her website, under the title of 'My Heart Belongs to Dada'.

Here is what Oliver wrote about origamidada at the time:

 

'Origamidada deals with the essential core of human experience and challenges our ideas about the nature of life, death, religious experience and, above all, origami.

Origamidada designs are not intended to be reproduced.Their raison d'etre is not to be found in the finished design, or the folding sequence, or even the act of folding, but purely in the emotional and intellectual response they provoke.

Is Origamidada art? Does it deserve a capital letter? Is it anything to do with dada of any other kind?

The answer to all these questions is both 'No' and 'Yes', but both answers are equally irrelevant. To ask them at all is to fail to grasp the point.'

 
I could not have put it better myself.
 
Designs
 
  Bomb Bunny - minimalist double-image design.   S140       On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Cardinal Sin   S117       On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Faith - minimalist visual illusion.   S033   2000   Origami Alfresco - Water Trade - ISBN 0-9534774-3-6 // Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3
 
  Handiloo   S119       Der Falter 42 April 2006 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Handiloo for lovers   S120       On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Holy Ghost - an action design.   S118       On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Not Waving - minimalist origami seascape.   S121       Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3
 
  The Line Between - conceptual origami design.   S115   1995   Origami Alfresco 2nd Edition - ISBN 978-0-9534774-6-3
 
  Model Aircraft.   S116       Diagrams available here.
 
  Puberty           Diagrams available here.