Origami Exhibition 2013 - Origami: From Traditional to Modern

Thanks to all NLB, Central Library, Toa Payoh and Sengkang Public Library staff for all their support. 
and to the organizing committee and all group members who have helped in one way or another.
Also thanks to everyone who came and viewed the exhibition.
Exhibition on the Asiaone
Exhibition pamphlet - Part 1 and Part 2
Display Panel on the History of Origami
Models in glass cases
Sengkang Public Library - Final stop of exhibition
Teaching Sessions and free folding area
Free folding area for public to fold on their own I
Free folding area for public to fold on their own II
Exhibition section

Traditional and simple models I Traditional models which brings back many childhood memories to many people.


Traditional and simple models II

Origami from intermediate to complex level I - showing development of origami from traditional to modern and different genres of origami 
Origami from intermediate to complex level II including designs by local designers 
Display of detailed complex origami fantasy creatures
Display featuring 2 origami designs by each local designers
Display Setup - Behind the glass cases
Toa Payoh Public Library - Sharing of origami continued
Teaching Sessions
Exhibition section
Central Library - Where origami unfolds
Teaching Sessions
Exhibition section
Display Setup - Behind the glass cases




Origami : From Traditional to Modern


Origami is the art of paperfolding that followed the invention of paper in the first century AD.  It is an activity that has withstood the test of time, and remains a popular activity the world over.  It was traditionally taught face to face, and many have been delighted folding models like the dart, boat, fish, shirt and pants, and of course the crane.  Origami was given a boost when it took root in the US in the 1950s, and books with diagrams were soon published.  Today, paperfolding have taken off in a big way with the publishing of diagrams and proliferation of origami-related websites and blogs on the internet.  The design of origami models have also become an art.  Many origami artists have designed models that realistically resemble in detail the real objects, complete with the requisite number of limbs, wings, antennae, hair, feathers or scales depending on what is being represented.  Origami has become more than just an art form.  Today, origami techniques are used to design objects like medical stents, solar panels, space telescopes and air bags, where they are compact when packed but can be opened to large sizes when fully deployed.  Origami is also used in education and therapy.


Origami Singapore, supported by the National Library Board, is organising an exhibition “Origami : From Traditional to Modern”.  This exhibition will showcase the development of origami over the years.  It starts with a display of origami models that were taught person to person years ago (now known as traditional models), and other simple yet attractive origami.  This is followed by intermediate models, designed in the period of the 60s to 80s which saw a rapid expansion of the types and complexity of models.  Besides models representing animals, insects and flowers, other designs include geometric and modular pieces.  Complex origami exploded in the 90s, where realistic models were teased out of a single piece of paper with no cuts.  There were also complicated tessellations and geometric forms similarly created from a piece of paper.


This exhibition showcases designs from all over the world, including the latest models. It also features a large collection of models by local designers.  It is one of the largest and best displays of origami in Singapore so far.


The exhibition was held in three public libraries from 8 September to 29 November 2013, with teaching sessions held in conjunction.