Today I want to talk to you about an enjoyable, fun, and very creative activity: Origami. It is an activity to which my son dedicated himself some time ago, in 2012.
In that year the teacher took the children a task for them to do, a paper flower.
The curious thing about origami is that it is made without cutting the paper, the sheet is not altered in any way, you just have to fold it, making folds. It is an ancient art that emerged in Japan. In Zaragoza, Spain, there is an origami museo
After the teacher taught her students to make the flower, my son wanted to learn how to make a dragón, developed by TadashiMori. I told him: “You think it’s difficult because it’s very complicated, first do simpler things so you can learn. And that’s how the whole house was filled with figures.
At that time, getting paper in Venezuela, like many other things, was very simple and inexpensive, anyone could buy a ream of 500 sheets.
When these figures turned out to be simple, he insisted on making Jonakashima’s magic ball is was another challenge, as it required a lot of skill and thoroughness.
I remember at that time I posted on my WordPress blog showing the famous Magic Ball that my son had managed to do with a lot of effort and passion. He had managed to climb another level in this art.
So a young man came to the blog to comment that he was also passionate about origami. He made origami figures eventually because of the high cost of paper, he was a young Cuban. I remember that at that time it made me very sad and at the same time it was difficult for me to understand how something as cheap as paper was so expensive in that country: Cuba. I felt sad for that person because I thought his creativity was limited.
This young man also shared with me what he had done years ago, a swan, made with multiple identical pieces that were then assembled. This type of origami is called Modular, I remember that I showed it to my son and he said to me, -yes mother I know what it is-. That was the next step to make more complex figures.
I remember that I even went to a stationery store and bought him a ream of sheets of different colors. Each time he made many figures and I kept them in photographs.
What I didn’t think about at the time is that one day I would also say: – “You can’t do much origami, because of the cost of paper, and besides there isn’t any, or you can’t get it.”-
The reflection that I want to do, is that deficiencies can close the possibilities for us, many times, they can be able to cut creativity and even dreams, if we allow it.
I think we still have a long way to go to share with the world how the lives of those of us who are still here in Venezuela have changed, and what used to be incomprehensible to me, such as the fact that there is no paper in a country, or that it is very expensive, is now a palpable reality, lived every day.
It may be that these deficiencies help us to understand many things, many realities that were totally alien to the large percentage of the Venezuelan population.
However, it is worth highlighting all the possibilities that exist to awaken creativity in our children and young people.
Origami stimulates creativity and manual skills. In addition, doing origami is a lot of fun, and every time you get to complete a challenge, a figure, you get a great sense of accomplishment.
Origami is an ideal art for children, young people, and also for adults.
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