origami is a form of representational origami that seeks
to capture the essence of a subject in the smallest
possible number of folds ... or, at least, a very small
number ... using either just a single sheet or multiple
sheets of paper. Because of this the subject must be
suggested rather than modelled in detail and so the
design will tend to concentrate on those details of the
subject which are essential to recognition and ignore
those that aren't.
The very best minimalist designs are
instantly recognisable. Persuading your friends to
recognise others may require a subtle hint. 'It's a
stegosaurus,' usually works, for instance. In general
children seem to recognise many minimalist designs on
first sight much more easily than adults do.
minimalist origami is very similar in concept to single
sheet minimalist origami except that the design is made
in several pieces, each of which uses the minimum number
of folds ... or, at least, very few. There is no absolute
rule about the maximum number of folds any piece of the
design should use ... but I would suggest it should be
five or less. Many less if possible.
of these designs also qualify as naive origami designs.
An explanation of the meaning of the term naive origami
can be found here.